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La rabbia (1963)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 April 1963 (Italy)
"La Rabbia" employs documentary footage (from the 1950s) and accompanying commentary to attempt to answer the existential question, Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, ... See full summary »


Giovanni Guareschi (as Giovannino Guareschi), Pier Paolo Pasolini


Giovanni Guareschi (commentary), Pier Paolo Pasolini (commentary)




Credited cast:
Giorgio Bassani Giorgio Bassani ... Poetry Narrator - Part one (voice)
Renato Guttuso Renato Guttuso ... Prose Narrator - Part one (voice)
Gigi Artuso Gigi Artuso ... Narrator - Part two (voice)
Carlo Romano ... Narrator - Part two (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles de Gaulle ... Self (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ... Self (archive footage)
Ava Gardner ... Self (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Self (archive footage)
V.I. Lenin ... Self (archive footage)
Sophia Loren ... Self (archive footage)
Marilyn Monroe ... Self (archive footage)
Pope John XXIII Pope John XXIII ... Self (archive footage)
Pope Paul VI ... Self (archive footage)
Pope Pius XII ... Self (archive footage)


"La Rabbia" employs documentary footage (from the 1950s) and accompanying commentary to attempt to answer the existential question, Why are our lives characterized by discontent, anguish, and fear? The film is in two completely separate parts, and the directors of these respective sections, left-wing Pier Paolo Pasolini and conservative Giovanni Guareschi, offer the viewer contrasting analyses of and prescriptions for modern society. Part I, by Pasolini, is a denunciation of the offenses of Western culture, particularly those against colonized Africa. It is at the same time a chronicle of the liberation and independence of the former African colonies, portraying these peoples as the new protagonists of the world stage, holding up Marxism as their "salvation," and suggesting that their "innocent ferocity" will be the new religion of the era. Guareschi's part, by contrast, constitutes a defense of Western civilization and a word of hope, couched in traditional Christian terms, for man's... Written by Karen Welbourn <welbourn@erols.com>

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All over the place
6 June 2020 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Actually all over the world would be more apt and accurate. This is a testament of its time and while its views of the "future", which are depicted in pictures that are supposed to show us what is going to come - although now I guess what has come would be more true(?) ... and those pictures show large buildings and a boxing match.

The first one seems to be a quite accurate prediction, I'm not sure what to make of the second one. Gladiator games were there in the past, so I don't think there is much symbolism there to be found. Whatever the case and whatever you may read into this, the movie/documentary will not make it too easy for you to digest what you see. It can all scratch the surface of many things, even when trying to get different perspectives (two parts of the movies).

When this was made it also stir up some controversies. It's not just the voice over but the moving pictures that at least suggest certain things. Flaws in societies and humans. Allegedly some countries were not happy to say the least. One of them was apparently the US of A. Now there is more to be found that is almost as interesting as the documentary itself ... in a special on the disc version I have from America. But this won't be an easy watch either, running over an hour in Italian with subtitles like the film itself. It's up to you, what you take from this

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(2 parts)

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Black and White | Color (inserts only)

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1.37 : 1
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