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Pier Paolo Pasolini created a film based on the play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles This film is considered one of the finest renderings of a classical Greek subject that the cinema has ever produced Pasolini has in this film rearranged the flow of events so that they follow the chronological order The story starts with the shepherd carrying a child to the desert while in the original myth from Sophocles the point of departure is different the messenger come to ask Oedipus for help in saving the dying city Furthermore Pasolini adds a modern prologue and epilogue which are brilliantly lyrical and charged with great intensity of personal feeling Pasolinis Oedipus Rex may be taken to be as much about Pasolini himself as about Sophocles hero According to Pasolini this film is the most autobiographical of all his creation One of Pasolinis claims about his film was that the little boy of the prologue is himself the boys father is his father and the mother is his own mother Oedipus is born into circumstances of Pasolinis childhood with his parents clothes in the film inspired by photographs of Pasolinis parents Pasolini tried to create his own form of Oedipus he wanted to avoid any connections that the audience could make with the original story For this reason the location where the story was filmed was moved from Greece to Morocco In portraying Oedipus Pasolini had made some insertions into the story Somewhere at the beginning of the story line he presents Oedipus at the age of 20 throwing discus at the competition and what was significant about this event was the cheating of Oedipus This fact might suggest to us that Pasolini didnt think that Oedipus is a completely innocent but Oedipus is allowed to kill in the film by Pasolini in order to defend his pride but is the killing the act of the innocent person or does Pasolini thinks that Oedipus is
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