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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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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)
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

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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 »
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982)See more »
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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Far from Bertolucci's best, 31 August 2003
Author: ruiresende84 ( from Porto, Portugal

I see this film in straight connection with La Strategia del ragno also directed by Bertolucci 11 years before this one. Only with characters inversion, meaning that in this one the father goes along find out things about his son, hidden things, beyond what he looked like. In the 1970 film it is the son who finds out the life of his late father, his hidden secrets. Still I found the older movie much more appealing, in terms of the plot itself but also in terms of the direction also. It is obvious that a good plot estimulates direction but still this one could have been better. It has from times to times the quality seal from Bertolucci, but in general it's not as good as others. The end is very delayed, the film could have less 20 minutes that it would be better to watch. Some beautiful images along the time, as usual in Bertolucci, but than again somewhat meaningless as they are not many times in the context of the story.

Though the film touches some important issues, such as terrorism in Italy's 1980'. Also interesting in exploring how a man can 'use the blood' of his own son just to get himself out of a difficult financial position. Not much more than this. It's worth watching if you like Bertolucci or if you have special interest in italian cinema. But don't judge the director just on this one. It is unfair, specially if we think that his second film after this one was The Last Emperor...

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