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The Death of Mario Ricci (1983)

La mort de Mario Ricci (original title)
The tragic accident of an Italian laborer ,working on the Mont Blanc tunnel.

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Claude Goretta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Bernard Fontana
Magali Noël ... Solange
Heinz Bennent ... Henri Kremer
Mimsy Farmer ... Cathy Burns
Jean-Michel Dupuis Jean-Michel Dupuis ... Didier Meylan
Michel Robin ... Fernand Blondel
Lucas Belvaux ... Stephane Coutaz
Claudio Caramaschi Claudio Caramaschi ... Giuseppe Cardetti
Roger Jendly Roger Jendly ... Francis
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Jacky Vermot
Michel Cassagne Michel Cassagne ... Armand Barbezat
Michael Hinz ... Otto Schmidhauser
Marblum Jequier Marblum Jequier ... Odette Simonet
Jean-Claude Perrin Jean-Claude Perrin ... Edgar Simonet
André Schmidt André Schmidt ... Maurice Coutaz
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A TV journalist and his assistant come to interview a sociologist whose books deal with world hunger (and one may wonder what he is doing here in a rather cozy house whereas other people go out on the field,nursing ,helping ,teaching?).We are given a small lecture on that crucial problem. In parallel,we are told the tragic accident of an Italian laborer ,Mario Ricci,working on the Mont Blanc tunnel.A garage owner seems to be responsible for his death ,but in the hotel where the journalists are staying,another side of the story is slowly spreading. . Written by dbdumonteil

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Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A morte de Mario Ricci See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanton Jura, Switzerland See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The village of Etiolaz where the story takes place is fictional. The movie was mainly shot in the village of Muriaux, Canton du Jura, Switzerland, while the crew was based in the bigger surrounding towns of Saignelégier, Tramelan and Les Breuleux. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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(Extraits de) Selva Morale et Spiritual
Music by Claudio Monteverdi (as Monteverdi)
Performed by Nella Anfuso
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19 May 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I had seen Goretta's movie when it was released ;I tried to give it a second chance and I watched it last night:it did not make me change my mind.Sure it was a pleasure to see again the sadly missed Gian Maria Volonte and the really beautiful Mimsy Farmer,but the movie is a capitulation:it was released in 1982,just before the French left revealed themselves in true colors and became to the present the champagne socialists.

"La Dentellière" ,Goretta's only commercial success,already showed the impossible love between a bourgeois student and a girl from the humble people :in spite of Huppert's talent ,it did not take sides and concluded :"it's an unfair world ,it's really too bad for that poor girl,but let it be that way and life will go on safely"

"La Mort De Mario Ricci " is more of the same,in in its own way: a TV journalist and his assistant ,coming to interview a sociologist whose books deal with world hunger (and one may wonder what he is doing here in a rather cozy house whereas other people go out on the field,nursing ,helping ,teaching?).We are given a small lecture on that crucial problem but is there a sentence ,in the professor's generous speech,that the average viewer has not already heard? In parallel,we are told the tragic accident of an Italian laborer ,working on the Mont Blanc tunnel.A garage owner seems to be responsible for his death ,but in the hotel where the journalists are staying,another side of the story is slowly spreading: humble people are hypocrites ,liars,and their youth is racist .Fontana ,the hero ,hardly intervenes ,except maybe for the scene with the wasted Donnadieu (the future brilliant star of "spoorlos" ),and his assistant,Didier ,represents the happy-go-Lucky TV reporter ,who does not even realize that he is part of the privileged persons .

The movie,made by an intellectual for intellectuals,totally devoid of humor,represents political non-commitment ;and if someone shows some emotion ,it's politically committed (in real life) GM Volonte,who looks more and more disenchanted as the movie progresses;he certainly deserved the prize he won ;his character was once a courageous man (didn't he become disabled in the exercise of his duties?)


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