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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)

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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Also Known As:
"La commare secca" - Italy (original title)
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88 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The Grim Reaper, 30 May 2012
Author: junkielee from Cairo, Egypt

Bertolucci's director debut has a quite distinctive Neo-Italian modus operandi, utilizing a multi- narrative structure of portraying different groups of people's idle life, who have been involved into a prostitute murder case. The raw-texture of the film is magnificently preserved and the primitive settings are bold enough to impose an intimate analysis upon various Italian people's mind-state at that particular time. At the age of 22, it was a great opportunity for Bertolucci to be granted the permission to work on his master Pasolini's script for his own career inception. Also it's a gutsy manoeuvre for Pasolini to trust his young disciple to fully excavate his talent, which is regretfully a rare case now in the cinema business.

During the park scenes, the film has a distinctively poignant tableaux scenery, but elsewhere the nonchalant idleness of each segmental piece is astonishingly fragmentary and unable to relate it to the core murder case in any rate, the film sacrifices its more audience arresting detective fodder to pursue a random characterization of Bertolucci's own mark although may at odds with his later more prestigious work.

The film's semblance of Akira Kurosawa's Rasho-Mon (1950) is just a bluff, apart from structure-wise design, the film seldom emits a certain commitment of story-telling, nevertheless it has its own charm once it suits to some specific cinema devotees' appetites, but with a horizontal parallel comparison with other 1960s elite peers, Bertolucci is still in his rookie mode and no one should demand too much for a 22-year-old novice to create a groundbreaking director debut, so after all, it is a thin-on-the-ground treasure and deserves a great thumb-up.

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