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12 April 1979 (Italy) See more »
Raffaele Capece, un insegnante di mandolino, fa il posteggiatore nei locali pubblici. Ha due guai incurabili... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Raffaele Capece

Ornella Muti ... Lucia Navarro
Renato Pozzetto ... Commissario Voghera

Michel Piccoli ... Victor Navarro
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi ... Elizabeth (as Zeudi Araya)

Capucine ... Suor Angela
Peppino De Filippo ... Natale Capece
Elena Fiore ... donna Filomena
Peppe Barra ... Giardino (as Giuseppe Barra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli
Mario Castaldi ... Disco-dancing man at nightclub
Armando Curcio
Nicola Di Gioia ... Asylum patient
Salvatore Furnari
Franco Iavarone ... Gregorio Sella
Giovanni Imparato
Gennarino Palumbo ... Suonatore ambulante
Franca Scagnetti ... Donna all'ospedale
Carlo Taranto
Natale Tulli ... Albino

Tomas Arana ... Walter Navarro (uncredited)
Maria De Sisti ... Asylum patient (uncredited)
Amedeo Salamon ... Priest in the asylum (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Corbucci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giuseppe Catalano 
Sabatino Ciuffini  screenplay
Sabatino Ciuffini  story
Elvio Porta 

Produced by
Paolo Infascelli .... associate producer
Achille Manzotti .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Salfa 
Art Direction by
Marco Dentici 
Set Decoration by
Mauro Passi 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman  (as Wayne Finkelmann)
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Mario Di Salvio .... makeup artist
Paolo Franceschi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Vivien Boden .... production supervisor
Vittorio Bucci .... production supervisor
Hermes Gallippi .... production supervisor
Elio Saroli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amanzio Todini .... assistant director
Sound Department
Romano Checcacci .... sound mixer
Rocco Roy Mangano .... sound
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunt coordinator
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Gaetano Valle .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Raffaella Zita .... assistant editor
Luigi Zitta .... assistant editor (as Luigi Zita)
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Other crew
Franca Invernizzi .... script supervisor (as Franca Santi Invernizzi)

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"Giallo napoletano" - Italy (original title)
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Atrocious Tales of Love and Death, 24 August 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is an interesting film. It is an Italian giallo to some extent as the title suggests, but it sits a little uneasily in that genre because it is also very much an A-list film with heavyweight actors like Marcello Mastroanni. The female lead Ornella Muti had been in an earlier giallo ("Oasis of Fear") and several other B-movie genre films, but she too was really on the verge of international stardom by 1978. Director Sergio Corbucci meanwhile was certainly famous for genre films, but not for gialli--his specialty was spaghetti westerns, where he was undoubtedly the second most esteemed director next to Sergio Leone.

This also has an element of (completely intentional)comedy that puts it somewhat add odds with most giallo thrillers, and it really dials back both the graphic violence and the sex and nudity. It probably has as much in common with the Hollywood comedy-thriller "Foul Play" that came out the same year as it does with most other Italian gialli. Mastroanni plays a mandolin player who, while trying to cover his senile father's gambling debts, is sent to perform a serenade at a high rise building and witnesses a shootout and a man being thrown from a window to his death (the first of several falls from windows that the beleaguered hero witnesses). He gets mixed up with a famous conductor and his gorgeous wife (Zeudi Araya) as well as with the conductor's beautiful daughter-in-law (Muti). The whole thing involves a confusingly intricate blackmail plot and a horrible secret dating back to World War II. There's a really good twist at the end.

Mastroanni was every bit as talented as any Hollywood actor and quite a bit more daring when it came to taking offbeat roles (i.e. he was in Roman Polanski's insane black comedy "What?" a few years before this and the next year he appeared with a "barely legal" Nastassia Kinski in the incest-themed sex romp "Stay the Way You Are"). Ornella Muti and Zeudi Araya both bring breathtaking beauty and a good deal of glamor to their roles. Corbucci does a good job directing, showing a flair for both comedy and thrills. And the musical score is also quite superb. It's a little hard (and perhaps a bit unfair) to try to fit this film in with the rest of the giallo genre, but it certainly stands on its own as an interesting, well-made movie.

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