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18 October 1973 (Italy) See more »
Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Giulio Brogi ... Giulio Manieri
Daniele Dublino ... The Prison Guard
Renato Cestiè ... Young Giulio
Vito Cipolla
Virginia Ciuffini ... Virginia
Marcello Di Martire
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Anarchist with beard
Francesco Sanvilli
Giuseppe Scarcella

Renato Scarpa ... Battistrada
Sergio Serafini ... Guelfi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cinzia Bruno
Stefano Guerrieri
Renato Niccolai
Samy Pavel
Lorenzo Piani

Directed by
Paolo Taviani 
Vittorio Taviani 
Writing credits
Leo Tolstoy (story "The Divine and the Human")

Paolo Taviani  &
Vittorio Taviani 

Produced by
Giuliani G. De Negri .... producer
Original Music by
Benedetto Ghiglia 
Cinematography by
Mario Masini 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
Production Design by
Gianni Sbarra 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
Makeup Department
Alfonso Gola .... hair stylist
Alfonso Gola .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gito Battistrada .... production manager
Enrico Blasi .... production inspector
Tonino Paoletti .... director of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Renzo Micheletti .... assistant director
Sound Department
Nino Renda .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Aristarco .... assistant camera
Antonio Nardi .... camera operator
Maurizio Zampagni .... assistant camera
Music Department
Benedetto Ghiglia .... conductor
Other crew
Vincenzo Mosca .... film sales executive

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86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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A Timely Motion Picture, 26 November 2016

One of the Taviani brothers' less widespread works, a free adaptation of Lev Tolstoy's tale «Divine and Human», this film runs rather smoothly for 90 minutes, considering the leading character's frequent spells of verbose rhetoric, a 19th century Italian anarchist who fancies a new social order with a handful of followers, and the difficult section that describes his stay in prison during ten years in a solitary cell. The project mostly lies on the shoulders of actor Giulio Brogi, who gives a consistent portrait as Giulio Manieri, an idealist almost gone crazy, a man raised in a rich milieu who turned his back to the "good life", became an ice-cream vendor and fought with and for the peasants of his region, in line with many international struggles for justice and reforms that marked the second half of the 19th century. But the Tavianis also know how to handle their stories and keep us interested, especially in the already mentioned enclosed sequence in prison through sounds and visual metaphors. Their "mise-en-scène" is economical, they avoid visual flourishes, but I could not help noticing the grace of their soft camera movements, or the way they transmitted the sense of sudden, fleeting freedom when Manieri leaves his cell and begins the travel to a new prison. The camera, installed on a boat, suddenly leaves the action behind and makes a long and beautiful travelling of open space, all sky and sea. During this last act of the film, Manieri dismayingly learns from young revolutionaries how the world changed and his actions were forgotten, to the point of considering his generation guilty that the emergence of the labor movement was delayed by ten years. In these days of forgotten ideals and desecrated human rights, when political patriarchs die and dubious leaders take power, this is a most timely motion picture.

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