Edipo Re (Oedipus Rex) is a personal interpretation of Sophocles's tragedy. The prologue is set in the Twenties, the central part in a barbarous Greece and the epilogue in a present-day Bologna: on the steps of the Basilica di San Petronio on Piazza Maggiore, a blind beggar, played by the same actor (Franco Citti) that lends his face to Oedipus, plays the flute. It's the 1960s: the autobiographical connotation of the story is clear. Another epilogue scene is set in the portico of the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi (strada Maggiore, 43), along which the present-day blind Oedipus wanders together with his faithful beggar fellow Anghelos (Ninetto Davoli). The Theban high priest is played by Pasolini himself and Creon by a thirty-year-old Carmelo Bene.