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

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A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

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Cast overview:
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Bizanti
Fabio Garriba ...
Roveda
Carla Tatò ...
Bizanti's Wife
Jacques Herlin ...
Lauri
John Steiner ...
Ingegner Montelli - Publisher of 'Il Giornale'
Michel Bardinet ...
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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)
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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 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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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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Manipulative journalism brilliantly portrayed
13 January 1999 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

The film's main lesson is its realism, miles away from Hollywood's view of newspaper and newsmakers, even when it tries to be critical. The cynical newspaper editor's character (played by Volontè) is a brilliant and accurate portrait of the worst manipulative journalism.


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