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China Is Near (1967)

La Cina è vicina (original title)
A pair of working class lovers - a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry. Their targets are a professor, Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi ,(Glauco Mauri), who is... See full summary »

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Glauco Mauri ...
Vittorio
Elda Tattoli ...
Elena
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Carlo
Daniela Surina ...
Giovanna
Pierluigi Aprà ...
Camillo
Alessandro Haber ...
Rospo
Claudio Trionfi ...
Giacomo
Laura De Marchi ...
Clotilde
Claudio Cassinelli ...
Furio
Rossano Jalenti
Mimma Biscardi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco Arcangeli
Gianbattista Bassi
Sandro Berdondini
Remigio Bettoli
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A pair of working class lovers - a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry. Their targets are a professor, Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi ,(Glauco Mauri), who is running for municipal office as a Socialist candidate, and his sister Elena, (Elda Tattoli), a great lady who lets every man in town climb on top of her but won't marry because socially they're all beneath her. Vittorio doesn't get what is going on. Their little brother Camillo, a seventeen year old seminary student turned Maoist provides the title of the film when he scrawls 'China is Near' on the walls of the Socialist Party building, his brother's campaign headquarters. Written by Andreas Var

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Two brothers a sister... and their strange love

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8 January 1968 (USA)  »

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Quite a bit of woozy fun
11 March 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

This playfully weird, dark satire of, well… everything from over-serious young Marxists, to the Church, to class climbing, to family, to marriage, to abortion to political ambition, to wimpy socialists who don't really believe in anything except 'success' entertained me in a way Bellocchio's much better known and more highly praised 'Fist In His Pocket' never quite did.

As with that earlier film, this is a very dark comedy, where everyone's morals, beliefs and ethics are paper thin and no one is worthy of much admiration. The young Bellocchio had quite a bleak view of human nature, and the shallow, manipulative way we use each other, our sexuality and our emotions. But here, like a Paddy Chayefsky film on acid, we laugh at the darkness at the same time we shudder.

The film did feel too long to me, and some of the points feel a bit beaten to death, but it also made me laugh aloud a couple of times, and smile for a lot of it. A nice combination of perversely challenging film-making, and sense of humor that reminded me of film-makers like Bunuel.


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