Friday, August 29, 2008

Pasolini, Maria Callas - Medea (1969) 02/12

In this next sequence, Pasolini depicts Medea’s people as tribal and devoted to seasonal rituals. The young man is sacrificed and his blood used to fertilize the ground. He is killed in place of Medea’s brother Abysertus, as a sort of scapegoat- he is supposed to represent the sacrificed king. The scene is fairly gruesome. I am impressed by the anthropological detail in this scene and how it draws parallels between this mythological tribe and tribal rituals from history. Obviously, Pasolini has read Frazier’s Golden Bough.

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