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Release Date:
6 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Emi Rocci ... Domenica
Lorenza Benedetti ... Milly
Erina Torelli ... Mariella
Silvio Laurenzi ... Homosexual
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Fontana ... (uncredited)
Maria Fontana ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini (story)

Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay) &
Bernardo Bertolucci (screenplay) &
Sergio Citti (screenplay)

Produced by
Tonino Cervi .... producer (as Antonio Cervi)
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Carlo Rustichelli 
 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Narzisi 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Costume Design by
Adriana Spadaro 
 
Production Management
Rodolfo Martello .... production supervisor
Ugo Tucci .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adolfo Cagnacci .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alessandro Fortini .... sound (as Sandro Fortini)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emanuele Di Coti .... chief lighting technician
Orlando Dolci .... key grip
Emilio Giannini .... camera operator
Enrico Umetelli .... assistant camera
Franco Valente .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Sergio Montanari .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Franco Carnevali .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La commare secca" - Italy (original title)
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88 min
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Referenced in An Opera of Violence (2003) (V)See more »

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8 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
cheap imitation of Rashamon, 21 September 2005
Author: jprince11 from United States

I bought this movie from Criterion thinking a film accepted by them couldn't lead me astray (only later did I learn Armgageddon and The Rock were part of their collection), and boy was I wrong.

This is really one of the most pointless films I've ever seen. It took a big risk trying with it's innovative non linear structure (ala Rashamon) and gambles like this are usually hit or miss; Rashamon was a hit, this was a miss.

The plot is quite similar to Rashamon in that it's told by four separate accounts of the same event, a murder of a prostitute by a soldier, a pimp and wife, a devious night club worker, and a punk kid who were all near the scene and interrogated as suspects. One of the chief problems though is it is missing characters who actually care or discuss what happened, making it hard for a viewer to relate to what he just saw.

In Rashamon the character's discussion at the beginning and end of the trial as it be validated the themes of that movie, not to mention the hollowed out building they sat in to avoid the rain was the chief visual metaphor of the film. There were constant cuts back to that structure throughout the length of the film.

The Grim Reaper really doesn't have that basis so the cinematography and editing just wander around aimlessly, and I use the word wander because the camera is quite free moving about in this film, apparently thats supposed to be one of the virtues of this film.

Overall the central problem of this film is that it's non linear structure and subjective accounts of the same event generally just don't work unless there are common themes and setting throughout or any way for the audience to relate to what just happened. Normally if a film tells a good linear story with beginning to end plot it doesn't have to be particularly meaningful; this film put itself at risk by trying to be innovative and suffered the consequence.

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