Film

In nome del popolo italiano

Secret Screenings

Italy  ·  1971  ·  DCP 2K  ·  Color  ·  103'  ·  o.v. Italian - Subt. French

Screening

Thursday 6 | 8 | 2020, 21:00  ·  GranRex  ·  Sub. French

Secret Screening #1

Introduced by Lili Hinstin


Screening

Friday 7 | 8 | 2020, 17:30  ·  PalaVideo  ·  Sub. French

Secret Screening #1

Introduced by Lili Hinstin

A legal and ideological duel contrasts the integrity of the magistrate Mariano Bonifazi and the unscrupulous entrepreneur Lorenzo Santenocito, who is suspected of being involved in the mysterious death of a young escort. Screened in Locarno in 1972, Dino Risi’s ruthless and ironic comedy explores the unsolved political contradictions of Italian society and preceded real legal and political scandals that shook Italy.

"Carried by two of the most emblematic duos of Italian cinema (Age and Scarpelli wrote a perfectly wrought, superb, and typically biting screenplay and the tandem of Gassman and Tognazzi play the two title roles), In the Name of the Italian People (1971) is in my eyes one of the greatest Italian political films, far more so than those of Francesco Rosi, for example: not due to its subject– an honest judge versus a corrupt businessman – but because despite the disgust the filmmaker feels at the vulgarity of this society, observing it with obvious horror, there is no contempt in the representation of the characters who compromise themselves in it. On the contrary, these players in the tragedy of progress and modernity are saved by their own baseness: for humor is the only way for us to look disaster in the face – aware as we are that the only way to escape it would be to put an end to our own existence. Dino Risi (of whom Nadav Lapid is one of the great contemporary heirs) replies to this bitter observation in an elegant and pitiless manner that has lost nothing of its timeliness".

 

Lili Hinstin

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Director

Dino Risi

Cast

Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Ely Galleani, Yvonne Furneaux, Michele Cimarosa

Producer

Edmondo Amati

Cinematography

Sandro D'Eva

Music

Carlo Rustichelli

Screenplay

Age, Scarpelli

Sound

Franco Bassi

Editing

Alberto Gallitti

Production

International Apollo Films

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