The exhibition La vera Italia? Due inchieste di Pier Paolo Pasolini (The real Italy? Two surveys by Pier Paolo Pasolini) at Forma Meravigli in Milan reflects on the 40th anniversary of the death of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the socially engaged Italian film director, poet and writer.
The surveys to which the title refers are La Lunga Strada di Sabbia (The Long Sandy Road) from 1959 and Comizi d’Amore (Speeches of Love) from 1964, where Pasolini sets out to discover Italy, its changes and its contradictions.
La Lunga Strada di Sabbia is an article published by Successo magazine, with Pasolini as a special correspondent travelling along the whole Italian coast from north to south in a Fiat Millecento, meeting and interviewing Italians while they are on holiday, in a period where the second world war is starting to become history and the economic boom is about to begin.
Comizi d’Amore on the other hand is a documentary film about Italians and sexuality. Again Pasolini travels the whole country – beaches, countryside, outside factories and on city streets – talking to all sorts of people, young, old, children, women and men, asking them what it is that we call love.