Dying Young Ettore

Ettore (Ettore Garofolo) Pasolini’s “Mama Roma” (1962)


“The lingering shots of Ettore, 
strapped to a prison bed 
in his underwear are seductive 
and haunting”—Wikipedia

When Ettore dies in a prison hospital—
Pasolini recreates Mantegna's Lamentation 
over the Dead Christ. 

Ettore is lying on the wooden bed—
stripped down to a shirt and underpants
his body tied to the prison bed

The light coming down from the—
ceiling makes Ettore's pale skin glow
his hairy armpits glisten with sweat

The camera shot shoots upward—
toward his body from Ettore's feet
similar to the Mantegna painting

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