The Grim Reaper (1962)
"La commare secca" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 May 1982 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco Ruiu ...
Giancarlo De Rosa ...
Vincenzo Ciccora ...
Alfredo Leggi ...
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Santina Lisio ...
Esperia's mother
Carlotta Barilli ...
Ada Peragostini ...
Clorinda Celani ...
Allen Midgette ...
Teodoro, the soldier
Renato Troiani ...
Wanda Rocci ...
Marisa Solinas ...
Alvaro D'Ercole ...
Romano Labate ...


Near the Tiber river, in a Roman park, a prostitute was killed. The police tracks down people that were inside the park during that night. They are questioned and have to explain why they were there. One of them is the killer. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <>

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A Morte  »

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A thorough,pragmatic,forthright movie,a little prolix
4 July 2006 | by (CGSM,Soseaua Nationala 49) – See all my reviews

It feels,throughout this movie,the influence of Pasolini's mordant realism.This concept had its limitations (the listlessness towards an interior life highly differentiated,the uprearing of a messy and base life,etc.;also,the inherent,indispensable epic conventions, solutions and patterns),but also its obvious efficacy.(Later,Pasolini changed course and modus,heading towards a more elaborated aesthetics,both visually and intellectually;but then so did his pupil Bertolucci also.)

"La Commare ..." is Bertolucci's first film,released when the director was 21 years.It is a plain,articulated social anecdote,interested in depicting some characters:an unemployed bum;an oxygenated loan shark;a redneck soldier (a simpleton);an weirdo in sabots;two adolescents.The movie consists of five relations during the interrogatories following a mysterious crime.So,we have five different short incursions in the suspects' environments.This is done in an equable prosaic realistic note;the result is an objective,straight,efficacious cinema.

The subject belongs to Pasolini,and the script is Bertolucci's.

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