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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Doria See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #333. See more »

Goofs

During the final scene when Alesandro is having an attack, you can see the camera shadow several times; for instance on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Alessandro: I'm a volcano of ideas.
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Featured in Splendor (1989) See more »

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fists in the eye of the cinema
7 May 2008 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

When this film first appeared in the 1960s, the effect was so startlingly individual: there had never been a film as bold, as seemingly unhinged, yet as ruthlessly controlled, as this first feature by Marco Bellocchio. The wonderfully atmospheric black-and-white cinematography seemed to be developed from some dingy dream which dared to bring out into the open the most heinous family secrets, yet the utterly dispassionate fury which animated the most frenzied sequences was so freakish it was almost funny. This constant tension somehow allowed for a sneaky kind of compassion to enter the movie, so that the family dynamics, though extreme, seemed to come out of a common nightmare. FISTS IN THE POCKET remains an embattled cry for a new society, by focusing on the remnants of the diseased upper classes, yet this tale of sound and fury seems to have been made in the kind of frenzied reverie that is analogous to the stream-of-conscious jumble which William Faulkner used at the beginning of THE SOUND AND THE FURY, and to the same effect, i.e., to chart a family's disintegration as a mirror to the decaying grandeur of a dying society.


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