The Italian, American Graffiti
(albertoveronese) from Switzerland
21 December 2014
Lina Wertmüller's directorial debut "I Basilischi" (The Basilisks or
The Lizards) is a 1963 little known wonderfully written and directed
masterwork of Italian Neorealismo. This keenly satiric and galvanizing
movie features simplicity in both its story and execution; so unique so
special. It sparkles with cinematic magic unlike any other film today.
Wertmüller's lean, sharp graffito seduces and functions almost like a
parable, in a number of remarkable ironic insightful vignettes, pure
motives which alone drive the narrative of the picture forward. Filmed
in a detached pictorial black and white, Gianni Di Venanzo, post-war
cinematographer, made fundamental contributions to Lina Wertmüller's
first success as a filmmaker. The magnificent and beautiful Ennio
Morricone scores the scenes.
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