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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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  (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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Slices of life as evidence accumulates on the murder of a prostitute, 8 April 2015
Author: msroz from United States

"La commara secca" is the remarkable debut film of Bernardo Bertolucci directing in a story by Pasolini. The story begins with the death of a prostitute, a murder. The police, whom we never see, are interviewing various people who were in a nearby park. Each tells his own story of how they spent their day. We see their deceits to the police and the realities of their lives. These are people with relatively little money, sometimes hungry, stealing, looking for sex, relaxing, hanging out, dating harassing women on the street, yelling and intimidating, dancing, singing, street walking, and once in a while killing. It is a picture of people on the margins in lower classes who, for one reason and another, are scrounging, not bag people but having to hustle.

The story proceeds in episodes, tied together by a rain shower that occurred in the late afternoon and at the park at night. This much of the movie shows a heavy neorealist influence, handled well enough but with some strident overacting at times. There is something also of a noir influence in tying the story together with a murder mystery and showing the prostitute as she prepares to go out that night and the events in the dark park.

The mystery is compelling. The way that we see the events build up from the evidence of the different participants who intersect is compelling too. The emotional heart of the picture is in a number of very human scenes of life, the activities of the people that day that are unrelated to the murder mystery, and finally in the depiction of the murder itself. The depiction of poverty is compelling.

At another level, there is some great camera movement, some creative shots and wonderful outdoor photography throughout. There is a sequence inside the Coliseum that makes excellent use of its odd places.

It is really great in this day and age to be able to see a film like this, one that has been preserved for the ages.

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