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Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)
"Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina" (original title)

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1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Fabio Garriba ...
Carla Tatò ...
Bizanti's Wife
Jacques Herlin ...
John Steiner ...
Ingegner Montelli - Publisher of 'Il Giornale'
Michel Bardinet ...
Member of the Editorial Staff
Jean Rougeul ...
The Managing Editor of 'Il Giornale'
Corrado Solari ...
Mario Boni
Laura Betti ...
Rita Zigai
Enrico DiMarco ...
Police Commissioner
Silvia Kramar ...
Maria Grazia Martini
Massimo Patrone ...
School Porter
Gianni Solaro ...
Italo Martini - Maria Grazia's father
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
2nd speaker at press conference (as Luigi Guerra)


1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement with its owner Mr. Montelli, decides to charge of following the story the junior Roveda and the senior Lauri. At one point, some elements indicates senator Boni as a possible murderer. All the "old guard" within "Il Giornale" drives articles in order to underline responsibilities of senator Boni. But young Roveda doesn't surrender and continues to search for the truth. Written by 1felco

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newspaper | leftist | mass | murder | fascism | See more »


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19 October 1972 (Italy)  »

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Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina  »

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Director Marco Bellocchio replaced Sergio Donati, who had written the story and was to direct, but was forced to drop out due to illness. See more »

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Characteristic class war thriller.
7 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

After a punchy start, the political banners of a coming election across Milanese streets and a leftist demonstration that leads to fire bombing the news paper office where editor Volonte is quick to take advantage of the story, this one weaves through what looks like it will be a complicated account of class warfare but ends up being a simple minded polemic. It's hard to swallow an editor personally intimidating the guilty party into silence for his own purposes.

However this is the Volonte of L'ATTENTAT and INDAGINE SU UN CITTADINO, dominating the screen with a stops out performance and just watching him is worth the ticket price. Laura Betti, as the party faithful he makes look as if she has betrayed her cause, can go head to head with him. No one else stands much of a chance.

There is a great Morricone sounding score and expert camera-work - zooming down passage ways to provide menace. The use of a working newspaper as background is particularly effective.

These European political thrillers, of which Volonte was the mast head star, are a rewarding collection and should have wider circulation.

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