In the midst of World War II, the story of the affair of a young woman, married to a man bound to a wheelchair, with a desertor from the Italian army, intertwines with that of the grab of ... See full summary »
Enrico Maria Salerno
In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity, where the baby is taken into the desert to be killed. He is ... See full summary »
Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker reunites with her son. However, an extortion scheme endangers her aspirations for a decent bourgeois life. Can she protect him from the same snares that wounded her youth?
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Rome, 1825. Bishop Rivarola (Tognazzi) and colonel Nardoni (Salerno) are in charge to suppress liberal revolution. Shoemaker Cornacchia (Manfredi) got the information that the liberal ... See full summary »
Enrico Maria Salerno,
This film may or may not like for a variety of different reasons, but as far as I'm concerned, it's definitely worth seeing even just for the superb interpretation of the "Duce" by Mario Adorf.
Personally, I do not like the film inasmuch it's clearly hagiographic, for the benefit of the "winners", as always sadly happens; the History doesn't earn any good: all the ills are attributed to the "bad and ugly" ones and all the merits are attributed to the "handsome (so to speak) and good" ones .
Before viewing this film, I considered Mario Adorf a good character-actor, able to get by in the most disparate roles, but still as a side actor. Considering this role - not at all simple for a non-Italian, and what's more of Teutonic origin - I have gladly changed my mind and reconsidered his other interpretations with different eyes.
The few scenes in which he appears - albeit dubbed by the equally splendid Ivo Garrani, that gives him the right dialectal accent - are beautiful cameos, and if I see this film willingly when it goes on TV, it is just to enjoy his interpretation. A performance that is certainly the result of a profound study of historical footage. He's never above the lines , not forced nor trivial. If I can push myself to the paradox, he is even more credible than Mussolini himself. It would have deserved - on that occasion in my humble opinion - the Oscar for best supporting actor. Bravo Signor Mario Adorf !
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