Pasolini reinvents the tragedy of Sophocles through autobiog- raphy (which is “metaphorical and therefore mythicized”), book- ended by a prologue that evokes 1920s Friuli and epilogue that induces Bologna in the late 60s: "Instead of projecting the myth onto psychoanalysis, I re-projected psychoanalysis on the myth."

"The beginning of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex is realistic. It is a realism that descends from Freud, from the tragic dimension that Freud forever linked to the simple fact of being born. [...] Soon thereafter, Pasolini abandoned Freud for Jung; he aban- doned cognitive anxiety for aesthetic-cultural preoccupations and gave us Sophocles’ Oedipus set in the eroded and solemn nature of Morocco, in turreted villages with rough, ancient royal palaces.”
A. Moravia, L’Espresso, September 17, 1967

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