New Release: La Rabbia (The Rage) DVD

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Pasolini (c.) releases his rage in the 1963 documentary La Rabbia.

On May 17, 2011, Italian label Raro Video released the DVD of the highly charged 1963 documentary La Rabbia (The Rage), directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and writer/director Giovanni Guareschi.

In 1962, Pasolini was invited by an Italian newsreel producer to create a feature-length film essay from his company’s library of footage. Inspired by the diverse wealth of imagery, Pasolini set out to make a movie as “a show of indignation against the unreality of the bourgeois world.” Assembling images from the Soviet bloc and various anti-colonial movements as complement and contrast to the newsreel footage, Pasolini crafted a tour de force of politically trenchant commentary on the modern world, climaxing in a moving meditation on the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Reportedly, La Rabbia’s producer feared controversy and box-office failure for the documentary, prompting him to demand that the left-wing Pasolini cut the original version to less than an hour before adding a conservative counterpart by Guareschi. Thus, the film is in two completely separate parts, and the directors of the respective sections offer the viewer contrasting analyses of — and prescriptions for — modern society.

Raro’s edition of La Rabbia marks the U.S. debut of the film on DVD, which carries a list price of $29.98.

Digitally restored and remastered, the DVD is presented in Italian with newly translated English subtitles and contains the following bonus features:

  • Tatti Sanguineti’s documentary La Rabbia I, La Rabbia II, La Rabbia III…L’Arabia
  • Pasolini short film Le Mura de Sana’a
  • 20-page illustrated booklet
  • original trailer

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.