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The Big Night (1959)

La notte brava (original title)
Una notte di due balordi, Scintillone e Ruggero, a cui si aggiunge in seguito un terzo, Bellabella, che dopo un furto vengono a loro volta derubati. Tentano poi di rubare un'apparecchio ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Isarco Ravaioli
Cristiano Minello


Una notte di due balordi, Scintillone e Ruggero, a cui si aggiunge in seguito un terzo, Bellabella, che dopo un furto vengono a loro volta derubati. Tentano poi di rubare un'apparecchio fotografico da una macchina; sorpresi dal proprietario, Achille, ci fanno amicizia e si recano a casa sua. Qua rubano nuovamente, duecentomila lire, e scappano. Ma litigano per il bottino. Così tra liti, arresti e donne continua la notte finchè all'alba Ruggeretto si ritrova con mille lire e la nausea. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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The moral bankruptcy of desperate youth brought stunningly, shockingly to the screen... See more »




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Release Date:

20 January 1961 (France)  »

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(Westrex System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Excellent movie about ruthless youth
28 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"La Notte Brava" (aka: The Big Night, although it means more something like actually 'The Brave' or 'The Wild Night') is an excellent film, that may be not very well known out of Europe, but it's still considered one of great director Mauro Bolognini's greatest efforts, and a film that generally stands successfully the test of time: Its script is exceptionally cohesive, sad and melancholic, daring and extremely sexually charged, and it comes from a short novel by unforgettable poet, writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini who wrote the powerful screenplay with irony and passion, along with the French,and,at that time (1959) more experienced, Brost. It's almost impossible to believe this was produced and presented in 1959! It is so wildly modern, and the biting dialog, alienated, yet always seducing and ultimately even romantic atmosphere and situations (happening just during one Roman night facing the economic boom) are always brilliantly intriguing and breathlessly following up one another with great momentum. This is an astonishing ensemble piece, with refined cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, exquisite costumes and looks by Marcel Escoffier who keeps away from fashion and stays on the character's development following the director's strict structure, sets by Carlo Egidi, and jazzy score by the awesome Piero Piccioni. The cast is so powerful, they all shine, even Mylene Demongeot in a 5 minutes segment manages to remind of Marilyn Monroe who could have also made that character as brilliantly sexy and mysteriously unnerving. The best and most attractive is Laurent Terzieff, Elsa Martinelli and Antonella Lualdi are so modern and gorgeous, while, if Brialy is at times a bit mannered, all others give unforgettable performances. Watch for a young and handsome Tomas Milian as the wealthy rebel without a cause hosting a "Dolce Vita" alike party over this wild night of brave and sad learnings. Great movie.

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