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Il tempo dell'inizio (1974)

A "symbolic" character traces the path of man in search of salvation in this world within his own ghosts and deformations.


Luigi Di Gianni


Luigi Di Gianni (original screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Sven Lasta Sven Lasta ... David Lambda
Rada Rassimov ... Segretaria clinica / Amica del 'Capo'
Jean Martin ... Direttore clinica / Sottocapo
Claudio Camaso ... Medico / Servo di 1°categoria (as Claudio Volonté)
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano ... Medico / Consulente per le torture
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Paziente anziano / 'Il Capo'
Edoardo Torricella Edoardo Torricella ... Paziente / Cerimoniere
Giovanni Attanasio Giovanni Attanasio ... Giudice
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Infermiere / Sciacallo / Boia
Milena Vukotic ... Ragazza della Casa di Piacere
Daniele Dublino ... Il pifferaio misterioso
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Maitresse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Casale
Mario Garriba Mario Garriba


David Lamda, an internee of an asylum, tries to escape but is immediately regained and sedated. The man thus finds himself living in a symbolic-visionary delirium, he imagines moving in an emblematic "corrupt city" where the violence and moral deafness dominates and where power acts to cut off the freedom of the subjects and impose a terror that remains imprinted in their mind. An infernal circle dilated to excess with its complacent population of submission to which it is subjected and that Lamda seems unwilling to accept, looking for its own salvation that, naturally, will not find. The return to reality will not be less shocking for him, the chaos also here reigns, the deflagration of weapons and the advance of a tank announce other destabilizing and depressing conditions. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 October 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vrijeme pocetka See more »

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Logos Cinematografica See more »
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1.66 : 1
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At first the film was supposed to be filmed in Yugoslavia but eventually the director chose the Lucanian lands, which he knew very well, having set most of his previous documentaries. See more »


References Magia lucana (1958) See more »

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