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Fists in the Pocket (1965)

I pugni in tasca (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1968 (USA)
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Castel ... Alessandro
Paola Pitagora ... Giulia
Marino Masé ... Augusto
Liliana Gerace Liliana Gerace ... Madre
Pier Luigi Troglio Pier Luigi Troglio ... Leone
Jeannie McNeil Jeannie McNeil ... Lucia
Irene Agnelli Irene Agnelli ... Bruna
Sandra Bergamini Sandra Bergamini
Celestina Bellocchio Celestina Bellocchio ... Ragazza alla festa
Lella Bertante Lella Bertante
Stefania Troglio Stefania Troglio ... Cameriera
Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi ... Tonino
Mauro Martini Mauro Martini ... Ragazzo
Tino Molinari Tino Molinari
Gianfranco Cella Gianfranco Cella ... Ragazzo alla festa
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Storyline

Alessandro, a young epileptic with paranoid inclinations, decides to relieve Augusto, the only sound brother, from the burden of a numerous family plagued with hereditary diseases. After a first aborted attempt, the dreadful series of accidents/murders is started by pushing the blind mother into a ravine. Then comes the turn of Leone, the idiotic brother. Will Alessandro be able to bring to completion his obsessive project ? Written by Stefano Cristiani <cristiani@astrpd.pd.astro.it>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fist in His Pocket See more »

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Doria See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Marco Bellocchio borrowed money from his family to be able to make this film, which is actually a frontal assault on family values. See more »

Goofs

Although he is dead, Leone's right eye can be seen twitching as he lies in his coffin during the wake. See more »

Quotes

Alessandro: I'm a volcano of ideas.
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Referenced in Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005) See more »

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Anatomy of a Psycho
24 June 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The title had led me to anticipate gritty realist drama; but the Italian cinema had by 1965 largely lost interest in those at the bottom of life's heap, and this film - which seems intended to be an extremely black comedy - is instead set amidst a household still struggling precariously to maintain it's grip on its former secure status.

Fifty years ago all this must have seemed bracingly anarchic; but sophisticated audiences at that time still laughed indulgently at the scene in which hulking Gaston Modot hilariously strikes a bourgeois woman in 'L'Age d'Or' for accidentally spilling a drink down him (Bunuel himself wasn't particularly impressed with 'Fists in the Pocket'); and what could then be acclaimed as non-conformity increasingly looks to modern politically correct sensibilities like bullying born of boredom (especially since the anti-hero Alessandro seems still to subsist at a social strata at which he's spared the far more tedious burden of having to work for a living).

As played by the slightly built, baby-faced Lou Castel, Allessandro lacks the physically intimidating presence of, say, David Warner as 'Morgan!' that would make him seem like a bully; but he still reserves some of his most brutal treatment for those least able to defend themselves, like a blind woman and a mentally handicapped epileptic.


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