Madonna strongly inspired by Pasolini
Madonna is a big fans of Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, mysteriously killed 41 years ago today.
Madonna mentioned Pasolini sseveral times one of her strongest inspirations. “With Pasolini, there’s religious ecstasy intertwined with sexual ecstasy,” she explained.
Not only is Madonna a fan of Pasolini, the Italian provocateur with a gift for mingling the sacred and the profane, “Salò,” his anti-fascist movie, was once a personal litmus test. “I used to sit people down and say, ‘Watch this movie and if you don’t like it we can’t be friends,’ ” she said. She used to do the same with a Frida Kahlo painting, “My Birth,” a bloody depiction of the artist’s emergence into the world.
She mentioned Pier Paolo Pasolini on the press kit of her Filth and Wisdom movie. In the notes for the film Madge said, “I have always been inspired by the films of [Jean-Luc] Godard, [Luchino] Visconti, [Pier Paolo] Pasolini and [Federico] Fellini and hope that I may one day make something that comes close to their genius”.
“I have always been inspired by the films of Godard, Visconti, Pasolini and Fellini and hope that I may one day make something that comes close to their genius,” Madonna said at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2008 for the debut of Filth and Wisdom.
“I mostly watch old movies, over and over again. All of Godard’s, and Visconti, Fellini, Pasolini. I love Alain Resnais”, Madonna told Billboard magazine in 2015.
“When I went to the university, there was a foreign film cinema. Movies were playing every night, and it was like Pandora’s box for me to suddenly discover the world of Visconti, Pasolini, Antonioni and Fellini and Godard and Truffaut. … It was like walking into a world and suddenly feeling at home. There’s a dreamlike quality to a lot of them. They transported me and inspired me”, Madonna said for premiere of W.E.
Madonna was the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s advertising campaign for Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011. She played an elegant Italian housewife with a teenager son in black and white photographs taken by Steven Klein. The photos were inspired by Madonna’s idol, Italian actress Anna Magnani in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1962 film, “Mamma Roma”. In the film Magnani plays a former prostitute who is trying to start a new life with her 16-year-old son.
“I think a lot of the art that I have has influenced me. A lot of the movies have inspired me – a lot of the movies of Visconti and Pasolini. With Pasolini, there’s religious ecstasy intertwined with sexual ecstasy, and when I think of Visconti’s films, I always feel sexually confused by them”, Madonna told The Aperture magazine in 1998, talking about what influenced her idea of femininity and masculinity.