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Fists in the Pocket (1965)

I pugni in tasca (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1968 (USA)
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

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Marino Masé ...
Augusto
Liliana Gerace ...
Madre
Pier Luigi Troglio ...
Leone
Jeannie McNeil ...
Lucia
Irene Agnelli ...
Bruna
Celestina Bellocchio ...
Ragazza alla festa
Stefania Troglio ...
Cameriera
Gianni Schicchi ...
Tonino
Alfredo Filippazzi ...
Dottore
Gianfranco Cella ...
Ragazzo alla festa
Lella Bertante
Sandra Bergamini
Mauro Martini ...
Ragazzo
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Alessandro, a young epileptic with paranoid inclinations, decides to relieve Augusto, the only sound brother, from the burden of a numerous family plagued with hereditary diseases. After a first aborted attempt, the dreadful series of accidents/murders is started by pushing the blind mother into a ravine. Then comes the turn of Leone, the idiotic brother. Will Alessandro be able to bring to completion his obsessive project ? Written by Stefano Cristiani <cristiani@astrpd.pd.astro.it>

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The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. It was loved by young critics, loathed with equal passion by the Catholic establishment and earned huffy put-downs from Luis Buñuel and Michelangelo Antonioni, two heroes of director Marco Bellocchio. See more »

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Although he is dead, Leone's right eye can be seen twitching as he lies in his coffin during the wake. See more »

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Alessandro: I'm a volcano of ideas.
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One of the best Italian movies ever!
2 July 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Marco Bellocchio directs his first full-length film, and it's already a masterpiece, a milestone in the history of Italian cinema.This movie is all about contemporary uneasiness and family crisis in today's society (only, some two decades in advance). Every time I hear of family massacres on the news, I've got to think about problematic, disturbed Lou Castel deciding to get rid of his mother and younger brother for the benefit of the eldest, embodying not only a stage of criminality, but above all a wrong philosophy, a twisted point of view about life, a failed maturity. Ennio Morricone' score is just perfect, fully successful in his aim to highlight the dramatic potential of the story. Lou Castel has never acted like this, his grimacing and his usage of the dead moments are unforgettable. The frames of the mother's death are like an howl, they "send shivers down your spine". A must-see.


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