Continuing in the allegorical, symbolic vein he first mined with Teorema, Porcile finds Pasolini examining both the connection between fascist Germany and the economic boom experienced by west Germany after the war through a pair of interwoven narratives.
One of these stories depicts contemporary German life in the bourgeois household of a factory owner. This is the literal level of the narrative, a heightened but still relatively realistic drama concerning business dealings and the legacy of the war. The second depicts the life of a savage cannibal at some period in the past. Through this storyline, Pasolini offers a meditation on cruelty of human nature and the systems of power which organize society.
Though the political subtext in this film is highly abstracted, it is obvious enough to see that Pasolini fears that those who brought the terror of the third Reich to fruition have simply been absorbed back into mainstream society. Similarly, he continues to develop his thoughts on the state of the middle class and its role in reproducing the ideologies of the dominant culture.
Like many of Pasolini's works, Porcile is confusing at times, its striking visuals often contributing little to one's understanding of the narrative. Those who engage with it fully will find it to be a multifaceted and intriguing puzzle which must be worked through with multiple viewings.


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