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The Last Judgment (1961)

Il giudizio universale (original title)
In Naples, a voice from the skies announces one morning that the final judgment will be at 6 p.m. on that day. What follows is a series of vignettes depicting various people's reactions (or lack there of) to the announcement.



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Complete credited cast:
Renato Rascel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Albani Barbieri
Nando Angelini
Nello Ascoli


Una possente e misteriosa voce echeggia nel cielo di Napoli : annuncia l'inizio del Giudizio Universale, alle sei di quella sera. Così una folla di personaggi si muove eccitata sotto l'influenza di quella implacabile voce. Dopo l'inizio del grosso processo, al quale tutti possono sentirsi presenti attraverso la televisione, il Giudizio è bruscamente interrotto da una pioggia torrenziale. E' un acquazzone che ha rimpiazzato drasticamente e definitivamente il Giudizio, cancellando la Terra ed i suoi mali ? Niente affatto, si tratta solo di una violenta tempesta, che pian piano si esaurisce. Così, quando la paura finisce, tutti tornano alle consuete (e non sempre benevoli) abitudini, dimenticando tutte le migliori intenzioni di redenzione avute appena qualche ora prima, influenzati dal terrore della imminente fine. Written by rosebud6

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26 October 1961 (Italy)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 35654 delivered on 28-9-1961. See more »

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Playing With Our Fears
13 March 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The great duo: Vittorio de Sica and Cesare Zavatine present us with a hyper, neo-realistic, surreal vision of our fears in a magic mixture of horrors and joyfulness. Black and white and color, hope and desolation with an ensemble cast that it's as bizarre as it is extraordinary. Alberto Sordi, Melina Mercouri, Vittorio Gassman, Anouk Aimee, Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine even Jimmy Durante and Renato Rascel. The interconnecting vignettes have an inexorable point of reference. The end of the world. The film, at times, appears to be a "divertimento" that builds to something apocalyptic and finishes in a hurried fizzling note, but it is in fact a superb exercise playing wittily with the fear of our ultimate and unavoidable demise. Among the many delights that the film offers there is a superlative performance by Alberto Sordi in one the most repellent characters in his long collection of repellent characters. A strange, funny, unsettling and fascinating film.

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