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Why (1971)

Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (original title)
The surveyor Giuseppe Di Noi experiments the troubles of the Italian Justice System of the '70s while back in Italy for a vacation.

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Giuseppe Di Noi
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Ingrid Di Noi
Andrea Aureli ...
Guardia
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Direttore del carcere di Sagunto
Antonio Casagrande ...
Giudice
Mario Pisu ...
Psichiatra
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Don Paolo
Tano Cimarosa ...
Un secondino
Gianni Bonagura ...
Avv. Sallustio Giordana (as Gianfelice Bonagura)
Nino Formicola
Silvio Spaccesi ...
Maresciallo
Nazzareno Natale ...
Saverio
Giovanni Pallavicino
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Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, goes to his native country with his Swedish wife and children for his holidays. At the border he is however jailed for no apparent reason. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he's moved from one prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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From the Producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and the Director of "The Four Days of Naples" A New Dimension in Suspense!

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27 October 1971 (Italy)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Very upsetting
3 December 2004 | by (Zagreb) – See all my reviews

I saw this excellent film a long time ago, but it's still vivid in my mind. The plot is very simple. Sordi gets busted for something he didn't do. A series of coincidences and unfortunate events pushes him further and further into the murky depths of the state penal system.

As the film progresses, dark comedy is getting darker by the minute, as our hero gets stripped of even the basic human dignity. The scary bureaucracy and gritty prison sequences retain just enough realism not to slip into a morbid fairy-tale. If the story was not set in post-war Italy but in a dictatorship, it would come out as perfectly realistic.

Sordi, one of the best Italian actors of all time, is perfect as the naive good guy in an extreme predicament. This is paranoid entertainment at its best.


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