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Il seme dell'uomo (1969)

A young couple argue about having a child in the days after a global plague wipes out most of Earth's population.

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Cino
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Dora
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The Foreigner Woman
Rada Rassimov
Milvia Deanna Frosini
Maria Teresa Piaggio
Angela Pagano
Adriano Aprà
Vittorio Armentano
Sergio Giussani
Mario Bagnato
Mario Vulpiani
Luciano Odorisio
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During a Post-Apocalyptic period in the near future the majority of the European population has been wiped out by some sort of undefined plague. Cino and Dora, a young couple, are rounded up by what constitutes the authorities on an isolated temporary base. They are examined and given antibiotics which will protect them for six months, told to pick out a deserted house to live in the area, and use that time to conceive a child. They are later visited by an enigmatic group of black-clothed, initially threatening vigilantes who are evidently satisfied with the couple when they hear that a child is contemplated. However, despite her evident fondness for Cino, Dora is reluctant to try to conceive a baby. Then their domestic tranquility is interrupted by a beautiful French interloper who seems as if she is more than willing to fill in for Nora and conceive Cino's children. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The surreal symbolic red gun with the bright spots on it can also be seen in other Ferreri films, "Dillinger Is Dead" and "Don't Touch the White Woman". See more »

Goofs

When Cino and Dora stumble upon the beach house, director Ferreri doubles as the deceased owner, lying in his porch chair dead. The scene is in long shot and the supposedly dead Ferreri's head can be seen to move slightly as he gives actor Marco Margine a piece of direction. See more »

Quotes

Cino: You know the world. You're a very experienced woman. So is it right to want a child?
The Foreigner Woman: Not only is it right. It is a duty.
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could come true
27 October 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Marco Ferreri's surreal film "Il seme dell'uomo" ("The Seed of Man" in English) looks more plausible today than it probably did when it first came out. The movie portrays a young man and woman who, after learning of a plague ravaging the populace, take refuge in a house on the coast and turn it into a miniature museum displaying cultural relics from the days before the plague. But that's not the end...

An interesting point is that the movie never identifies what the plague in question is specifically. It could be any scourge. Certainly plenty of bad things have afflicted the planet recently - the combination of global warming and the financial crisis constitutes a perfect storm - to the point that the events portrayed in this movie look as though they could come true. I bet that Marco Ferreri never realized what a prescient movie he was making!

So, I recommend this. Not just as a warning about what the world could turn into, but as a look at Italy's changing cinema in the late '60s (in which Ferreri played a major role). Definitely worth seeing.


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