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La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo
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1 October 1981 (Italy) See more »
The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Interesting if not quite compelling, with tonal shifts from drama to near farcical satire See more (3 total) »


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Ugo Tognazzi ... Primo Spaggiari

Anouk Aimée ... Barbara Spaggiari (as Anouk Aimee)

Laura Morante ... Laura
Victor Cavallo ... Adelfo
Olimpia Carlisi ... Chiromant
Ricky Tognazzi ... Giovanni Spaggiari (as Riccardo Tognazzi)
Gianni Migliavacca
Margherita Chiari ... Maid
Ennio Ferrari
Gaetano Ferrari ... Guard
Franco Trevisi
Pietro Longari Ponzoni
Vittorio Caprioli ... Marshal

Renato Salvatori ... Colonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Backy ... Crossing Keeper (uncredited)
Giuseppe Calzolari ... (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Car Driver (uncredited)
Cosimo Cinieri ... Magistrate (uncredited)
Antonio Trevisi ... Bank manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bernardo Bertolucci 

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma 
Film Editing by
Gabriella Cristiani 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
Ludovico Greco .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Mario Di Biase .... general organizator
Augusto Marabelli .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Gabrielli .... assistant director
Fiorella Infascelli .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amedeo Brogli .... assistant production designer
Beatrice Caracciolo .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Mario Dallimonti .... sound
Decio Trani .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Umberto Dessena .... grip
Massimo Di Venanzo .... camera operator
Angelo Novi .... still photographer
Michele Picciaredda .... camera operator
Marco Profeta .... assistant camera
Sandro Rubbo .... assistant camera (as Sandro Rubeo)
Editorial Department
Fiorella Giovanelli .... assistant assistant editor
Ernesto Novelli .... colorist
Francesco Reitano .... assistant editor
Ernesto Triunveri .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Other crew
Maria Luisa Bavastro .... consultant
Lilletta Bertolucci .... press agent
Francesca De Guida Canori .... press agent: Ugo Tognazzi
Vittorio Fornasiero .... production secretary
Maurizio Mattei .... production secretary
Silvana Olasio .... accountant
Claudio Sabatilli .... accountant
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo" - Italy (original title)
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116 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Italian censorship visa # 76653 delivered on 25-5-1981.See more »
[repeated line]
Laura:Giovanni is dead!
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Interesting if not quite compelling, with tonal shifts from drama to near farcical satire, 30 November 2013
Author: runamokprods from US

Well acted by Ugo Tognanzzi as a self made cheese factory owner whose son is apparently kidnapped, although we can see there's a real possibility the kidnapping was staged so the son could raise money for left-wing causes he supports. Most of the film is about Tognazzi dealing with the kidnapping by pondering selling his factory, and getting to know two go betweens who may or may not have there own agendas (the son's girlfriend, and a leftist sort-of priest), as well as dealing with his wife, Anouk Aimee, who is far more anxious to sell everything they own to pay the kidnappers than the more cynical and wily Tognazzi.

What was hard for me was that, unlike it's spiritual forerunner "The Spider's Strategem", the more satirical, lighter-toned edge seems to work against the drama and vice versa. None-the- less this is interesting and thought provoking. And if not among Bertolucci's greatest works, still well worth seeing.

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