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The Basilisks (1963)

I basilischi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 September 1963 (Italy)
The story follows the uneventful lives of three young men, who live in a small, poverty-stricken village in southern Italy.


Lina Wertmüller


Lina Wertmüller (screenplay), Lina Wertmüller (story)
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Cast overview:
Antonio Petruzzi Antonio Petruzzi ... Antonio
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Francesco
Sergio Ferranino Sergio Ferranino ... Sergio
Luigi Barbieri Luigi Barbieri ... Antonio's father
Flora Carabella Flora Carabella ... Luciana Bonfanti
Mimma Quirico Mimma Quirico ... Aunt Maria
Enzo Di Vecchia Enzo Di Vecchia ... Friend
Rosetta Palumbo Rosetta Palumbo ... Rosetta
Rosanna Santoro Rosanna Santoro ... Anna
Manlio Blois Manlio Blois ... Nicolino
Marisa Omodei Marisa Omodei ... Cicci D'Andrea


The neorealistic story follows the uneventful lives of Francesco, Sergio and Antonio, three young men, who live in a small, poverty-stricken village. Since all three are unemployed they while their time away roaming the streets and chasing girls. One day Antonio's aunt asks him to stay with her and his cousins in Rome. He accepts her offer and enrolls at a university in Rome leaving his two friends behind who envy him for his new upscale lifestyle. But eventually Antonio returns to the village, initially just for a day. Though he boasts about his life, he never goes back to Rome and instead opts for his friends and the place he grew up in, despite all its shortcomings. Written by Tas Papadopoulos

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Not a vivid story
6 February 2021 | by saadi1-288-801401See all my reviews

There's a story that Lina Wertmuller tells about herself and Fellini: "He said something that I will never forget: 'If you are not a good storyteller, all the techniques in the world will never save you.' He told me that before I started shooting my first film, 'I basilischi'". When I watched The Basilisks, I could not tell who the narrator was and what the story was. There is a vague story there but it is not strong and vivid. You have to consider that here she had the very best crew gathered, the best film music person Ennio Morricone, the best editor Ruggero Mastroianni and the best cinematographer Gianni di Venanzio. Yet all their magic does not make this potentially great film come alive because the traditional story structure is weak or missing.

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Release Date:

2 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Minervino Murge, Puglia, Italy See more »


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Galatea Film, 22 Dicembre See more »
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