Brooklyn, NY 11222
Light Industry hosts a reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini's St. Paul, his unrealized screenplay for a film about St. Paul, which Verso has published for the first time in English. Written relatively late in his career, between the time of his work on Teorema and Salò, it is less a traditional scenario than an evocative treatment, a text broken down into 112 brief, poetic descriptions of shots and sequences. Like Pasolini's earlier Gospel According to St. Matthew, the piece reclaims a key episode of the New Testament and reveals the revolutionary political potential of its message. Yet the backdrop for the project is not Biblical, but rather modern, and "Pasolini's wager," as Alain Badiou notes, "is that the truth of which St. Paul is the divided bearer, the sacrificed militant, can make sense in the world of today, thus providing the latent universality of his thought. We can see the United States in place of Rome, the intellectual snobs of Rome (whom Pasolini hated) in place of the philosophers of the Athenian agora, or echoes of collaboration and the Resistance in France: Paul's text crosses all these circumstances intact, as if it had foreseen them all."
Put another way, as Pasolini himself did, "Saint Paul is here, today, among us...it is our society that he addresses; it is our society for which he weeps and that he loves, threatens and forgives, assaults and tenderly embraces."
Readers: Hilton Als, Melissa Anderson, Elizabeth A. Castelli, Paul Chan, Nicholas Cullinan, Lia Gangitano, Ed Halter, Nellie Killian, Richard Maxwell, Jonas Mekas, Eileen Myles, Nick Pinkerton, Sam Pulitzer, R.H. Quaytman, Nicolas Rapold, Ariana Reines, Martha Rosler, Luc Sante, Amy Taubin, Lynne Tillman
This event is free.
Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 6:30pm.