Metello struggles to escape from the poverty that led to the premature death of his parents, and that is the lot of the working class in northern Italy during the second half of the 19th ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Based on a true incident, this tells the story of a troubled young man who kills his sister's reactionary, violent and abusive husband and is eventually arrested for the murder. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey
Bell' Antonio (1960)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Women love handsome Antonio because they think of him as the perfect lover. But he has problems to fullfill this ideal and Barbara only notices his failures when they are married. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Pierre Brasseur
He and She (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Sylva Koscina, Isa Miranda
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl from the provinces, comes to Paris with one goal: to become a part of the rich bourgeoisie. To achieve this she will use her unique beauty and charm.

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gian Maria Volontè, Bruno Ganz
The Organizer (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Gabriella Giorgelli
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Françoise Fabian, Marthe Keller
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens.

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche
Mamma Roma (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution.... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti
Biography | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Ron Silver
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Venice, sixteenth century. Giulio, a foreign gentleman spends a memorable night in the city where he meets and beds two beautiful women. They are Angela, a widowed lady, and Valeria, whose ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Laura Antonelli, Monica Guerritore, Jason Connery
Bubù (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bubu leaves his job in a bakery, forces his girl-friend into prostitution, and from then on lives out of the money she makes. The young couple find their place in the world of prostitutes ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Massimo Ranieri, Ottavia Piccolo, Antonio Falsi
The Big Night (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Una notte di due balordi, Scintillone e Ruggero, a cui si aggiunge in seguito un terzo, Bellabella, che dopo un furto vengono a loro volta derubati. Tentano poi di rubare un'apparecchio ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini
Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, Elsa Martinelli, Laurent Terzieff
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Massimo Ranieri ...
Metello Salani
Ottavia Piccolo ...
Ersilia
Frank Wolff ...
Betto
Tina Aumont ...
Idina
...
Viola
Pino Colizzi ...
Renzoli
Mariano Rigillo ...
Olindo Tinai
Luigi Diberti ...
Lippi
Manuela Andrei ...
Adele Salani
Corrado Gaipa ...
Badolati
Adolfo Geri ...
Del Bueno
Claudio Biava ...
Moretti
Franco Balducci ...
Chellini
Steffen Zacharias ...
Pallesi
Sergio Ciulli
Edit

Storyline

Metello struggles to escape from the poverty that led to the premature death of his parents, and that is the lot of the working class in northern Italy during the second half of the 19th century. Metello fights his way out from his condition through hard work, a determined will to resist oppression inherited from his father, but also by taking advantage of his good looks when dealing with women. Metello progressively assumes an important role in the organization of an emerging workers movement, and attempts to conciliate his risky political activities with his private life. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

anarchism | based on novel | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 April 1970 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Ergatiki exegersi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A working class hero is something to be
28 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

An user wrote it is Bolognini's most critically-acclaimed movie;that's debatable .Actually it would rather be "la Viaccia" or most likely "L'Eredita Ferramonti".

Bolignini is at his best in the costume drama.Just compare "Metello" with its follow-up " Imputazione Di Omicidio Per Uno Studento" and you will know what I mean : the latter could really be virtually any students/bourgeois/cops circa 1968 flick filmed by anyone at all with a screenplay written by anyone at all.

Half of "Metello" depicts a very long strike ,shows rebellion,repression,little victories and big defeats.Whereas the viewer is expecting a harsh treatment,Bolognini uses a refined,polished style ;the form sharply contrasts with the content.Add Ennio Morricone's magnificent score which verges on classical.There's even a scene at the opera.

Although Metello takes a rebel stand ,his military service seems important to him and he does not see the army as the enemy "I'm well fed" he writes to his lover.The Taviani bros have also pointed out that ,for the young Italian of that time,being a soldier was an honor.

It was a pet project for Bolognini who had to wait to make it ,and not with the actors he had initially planned to work with;the two leads were virtually unknown at the time,particularly Ottavia Piccolo who became famous in Europa in the seventies.


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD jimmyfingers
Morricone music sublime gfast
Discuss Metello (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?