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

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  6 May 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesco Ruiu ...
Canticchia
Giancarlo De Rosa ...
Nino
Vincenzo Ciccora ...
Mayor
Alfredo Leggi ...
Bostelli
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Esperia
Santina Lisio ...
Esperia's mother
Carlotta Barilli ...
Serenella
Ada Peragostini ...
Maria
Clorinda Celani ...
Soraya
Allen Midgette ...
Teodoro, the soldier
Renato Troiani ...
Natalino
Wanda Rocci ...
Prostitute
Marisa Solinas ...
Bruna
Alvaro D'Ercole ...
Francolicchio
Romano Labate ...
Pipito
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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 <keller@telebyte.nl>

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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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