from La Ricotta (Pier Paolo Pasolini - from Ro.Go.Pa.G., 1963)
"The End. The main character, also a kind of clown, is an extra in a movie about the life of Christ. He is supposed to hang on a cross next to Jesus. During the whole shoot he had to wait, and now, finally, they are going to shoot his scene. Everybody is watching: the producers, the director, a bunch of journalists and the crew. For the first time, there is silence. They rehearse his only phrase once more: “Lord, remember me when thou comest in thy kingdom.”
That is the first majestic moment, not the phrase, but Pasolini made him say it twice. Twice. In real life we can say the same things only once, in film we say things twice. Then the director (played by Orson Welles) cries out “action,” but the man doesn’t speak anymore. Somebody climbs up a ladder to see what’s wrong. “È morto,” he says, and that’s life. It lasts for nearly a minute, but yet everything that matters is told. It is said in the silence after the action, for once without words. All of Pasolini’s brutality summed up in a silent, gentle moment, harmless, just as we are."