Pigsty (film)

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Pigsty (film).jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Produced by Gian Vittorio Baldi
Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring Pierre Clémenti
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Music by Benedetto Ghiglia
Cinematography Tonino Delli Colli
Armando Nannuzzi
Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited by Nino Baragli
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
31 August 1969 (Italy)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Pigsty (Italian: Porcile) is a 1969 Italian film, written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini and starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marco Ferreri, Ugo Tognazzi, Pierre Clémenti, Alberto Lionello, Franco Citti and Anne Wiazemsky.


The film features two parallel stories. The first one is set in an unknown past time and is about a young man (Clémenti) who wanders in a volcanic landscape (shot around Etna) and turns into a cannibal. The man joins forces with a thug (Citti) and ravages the countryside. At the end, his company gets arrested and during his execution, he recites the famous tagline of the film: "I killed my father, I ate human flesh and I quiver with joy." The story is about the human capacity of destruction and a rebellion against the social prerequisites implied against it.

The second story is about Herr Klotz (Lionelli), a German industrialist and his young son Julian (Léaud) who live in 1960s Germany. Julian, instead of passing time with his radically politicised fiancée Ida (Wiazemsky), prefers to build relationships with pigs. Herr Klotz, on the other hand, with his loyal aide Hans Guenther (Ferreri), tries to solve his rivalry with fellow industrialist Herdhitze (Tognazzi). The two industrialists join forces while Julian gets eaten by pigs in the sty. Herdhitze intends to conceal the event. The story attempts to provide a link between the Third Reich and Wirtschaftswunder Germany.

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