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Signore e signori, buonanotte (1976)

An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. An English language lesson turns into a killing of a ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Palese
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Vladimiro Palese
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CIA agent / Tuttumpezzo
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Cardinale Caprettari
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Paolo T. Fiume
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General in Toilet
Paolo Villaggio ...
Prof. Ludwig Joseph Smith / Host
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Valet of Conclave
Carlo Bagno ...
Macaluso
Carlo Croccolo ...
Questore
Gabriella Farinon ...
Herself
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Edvige, maid of Caprettari
Sergio Graziani ...
Cardinal Cannaregio
Giovannella Grifeo ...
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Monica Guerritore ...
Assistant of Paolo T. Fiume
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An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. An English language lesson turns into a killing of a black dignitary of an embassy by a CIA agent and then into his own killing by another colleague. In a television film, the police are befooled by a fake bomb and put a real one in order not to be derided by the public. In a film inquisition show, the bishop of Naples speaks highly of the importance of the family, but a child who lives a miserable family life kills himself. In the debate that follows it is proposed that they should eat the children, as Swift had said. In the next episode, a general who is in the toilet is called for the NATO parade, but the flasher breaks and in his effort to fix it, he dirts allover and kills himself. In a children's show an inspector finds excuses and delays the arrest of a powerful man. In an inquiry a pensioner is happy with his petty pension, but cries when he ... Written by Alkistis Zografou

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28 October 1976 (Italy)  »

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GOOD NIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy, Luigi Magni, Mario Monicelli and Ettore Scola, 1976) **1/2
27 April 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was the second of three films I watched in tribute to Luigi Comencini's passing, which happened over the Easter period. It's one of a myriad of portmanteaus to emerge from Italy over the years: usually, these came in the form of a number of sketches on a particular subject; this one, emanating from the mid-70s - a time of political strife in the country where kidnappings and assassinations were commonplace - it couldn't help being a scathing satire on religion, politics, the legal system and TV. In fact, so single-minded was the concept that a group of top directors and writers received credit for all the various episodes as a sort of co-operative! For this purpose, some of Italy's finest actors were summoned - Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi and new comic star Paolo Villaggio.

However, as can be expected, the end result is variable - being generally heavy-handed but occasionally inspired. Mastroianni appears in the linking sequence as a flustered TV newscaster; Gassman's two episodes are rather weak; Tognazzi also appears in a couple of segments, but is at his best in the one with scatological overtones - where a military hero loses his dignity along with his decorations and most of his clothing prior to a parade and, unable to face up to this humiliation, opts to take his own life; the same applies for Villaggio's contribution: two episodes, but the one involving the "Disastrometer" quiz show - where the most wretched of three contestants will eventually emerge victorious - proves to be superior; Manfredi is featured in just one segment, but it's the longest and possibly best one overall - revolving around a battle for the Papacy which descends to base intrigues and, eventually, mass murder (also proving somewhat prophetic, given Pope John Paul I's mysterious death in 1978 after just 33 days in office!). Two other amusing episodes involve the chaos brought on by a presumed bomb (with its ironic denouement) and a critique on outdated court laws - in which an assembly of senile members deliver unintelligible speeches and engage in a dance to an operatic aria (the scene recalled a similar episode set in the House Of Lords in THE RULING CLASS [1971]).

Among the supporting cast are the likes of Adolfo Celi, Senta Berger, and several regulars from Villaggio's popular and long-running "Fantozzi" series (then just at its beginning). Furthermore, two of Italy's major singer-songwriters, Lucio Dalla and Antonello Venditti, were responsible for the soundtrack of GOOD NIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.


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