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Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1963 (Italy)
Four short films by four different directors dealing with the principles of modern life.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Anna Maria (segment "Illibatezza")
Bruce Balaban ... Joe (segment "Illibatezza")
Maria Pia Schiaffino Maria Pia Schiaffino ... Air hostess (segment "Illibatezza")
Jean-Marc Bory ... Husband (segment "Il nuovo mondo") (as Jean Marc Bory)
Alexandra Stewart ... Alexandra (segment "Il nuovo mondo")
Orson Welles ... The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
Mario Cipriani ... Stracci / Good Thief (segment "La ricotta")
Laura Betti ... The 'Diva' (segment "La ricotta")
Edmonda Aldini Edmonda Aldini ... Another diva (segment "La ricotta")
Ettore Garofolo ... Angel (segment "La ricotta")
Ugo Tognazzi ... Togni (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
Lisa Gastoni ... Togni's wife (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
Ricky Tognazzi ... The son (segment "Il pollo ruspante") (as Riky Tognazzi)
Antonella Taito Antonella Taito ... The daughter (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
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Storyline

4 short films by a quartet of directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. Godard's 'New World' ('Il Nuovo Mondo') illustrates a post-apocalyptic world the same as the pre-apocalyptic one, but for an enigmatic change in attitude in most people, including the central character's girlfriend. Pasolini's 'Curd Cheese' ('La Ricotta'), a lavish film about the life of Jesus Christ is being made in a poor area. The people subject themselves to various indignities in the name of moviemaking (and to get some food). The central character's hoisted up on a cross for filming, and dies there. Finally, Gregoretti's 'Free Range Chicken' ('Il Pollo Ruspante') in which a materialist family inadvertently shows the cynical, metallic-voiced doctrine of a top sales theorist. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Gay beginnings of the end of the world.

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Orson Welles' voice was dubbed into Italian by another actor. See more »

Goofs

In the segment "La ricotta," Orson Welles is directing a "re-enactment" of the Crucifixion. It shows Jesus lying on top of a cross, tied down, while 4 men carry Christ and his cross up a hill. Obviously, the writer and director aren't familiar with the Stations of the Cross, where Christ carried his own cross. See more »

Quotes

Alexandra: [segment "Il nuovo mondo"] I ex-love you.
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Alternate Versions

The Portuguese subtitled version was shown with episodes in a different order: first Frango no Campo / "Pollo rumpante, Il"; then O Novo Mundo / "Nuovo mondo, Il"; and last "Pureza" / "Illibatezza". Pasolini's episode was totally cut by the scissors of official censorship in the theatrical release. See more »


Soundtracks

Ricotta Twist
by Carlo Rustichelli
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Four Rooms it's not...
8 March 2000 | by victor9000See all my reviews

Four short films by three Italians and one Jean-Luc Godard on our "new" era still seem fresh (especially Gregoretti's segment) after nearly thirty years. They all share the pessimistic thread that the world is becoming worse and individuals no longer control the course of their own lives. Each part is engrossing, yet The Range-Grown Chicken (Part IV) is particularly brilliant. Structuring a film on consumerism from the perspectives of a commercially bombarded father and a capitalist professor sets up a great division between consumerism and free will. Overall, interesting and worth seeing.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 February 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Have a Brainwash See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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