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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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La Commare Secca : A Bernardo Bertolucci film wherein one gets to know the truth through lies. See more (13 total) »

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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La Commare Secca : A Bernardo Bertolucci film wherein one gets to know the truth through lies., 29 June 2013
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world

Bernardo Bertolucci's debut film "The Grim Reaper" is based on a story by one of Italian cinema's greatest personalities-Pier Paolo Pasolini. However, his influence might be felt only in some scenes of the film including a detailed description of Roman lowlifes. In remaining parts of the film, one gets to see a good creation of atmosphere especially of nocturnal times which are crucial for steering the story forward. Although this film can be summarized as the tale of a theft which backfired, Bertolucci makes good use of his film's characters to reveal that it is through lies that one gets to ascertain the truth. The apparent comparisons with Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece "Rashomon" are unjustified as Bernardo Bertolucci's film appears more as a piece of 'investigative journalism' with a diligent cop determined to break the criminals through his incessant questioning. As a film which can be considered as a brutally honest example of incredible cruelty from a woman character, The Grim Reaper truthfully represents the mood of Rome in 1960s, a period where dance, love, music and sex flourished in abundance.

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