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San Michele aveva un gallo (1972)

Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his... See full summary »

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Leo Tolstoy (story "The Divine and the Human"), Paolo Taviani | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Giulio Brogi ... Giulio Manieri
Daniele Dublino ... The Prison Guard
Renato Cestiè Renato Cestiè ... Young Giulio
Vito Cipolla Vito Cipolla
Virginia Ciuffini Virginia Ciuffini ... Virginia
Marcello Di Martire Marcello Di Martire
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Anarchist with beard
Francesco Sanvilli Francesco Sanvilli
Giuseppe Scarcella Giuseppe Scarcella
Renato Scarpa ... Battistrada
Sergio Serafini Sergio Serafini ... Guelfi
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Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell. Written by Bernard Dionne <guero@globetrotter.net>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 February 1976 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Michael Had a Rooster See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A study in tragic idealism
27 June 2003 | by ZmajinaSee all my reviews

What starts as a light-hearted story, as our hero makes a ludicrous attempt to ignite a revolution, quickly turns into a tragic tale of a basically nice guy who tries to preserve his ideals in inhumane conditions. Although the script is an adaptation of a Tolstoy's short story, it looks more like something Kafka would have written if he had had more sympathy for his characters. The film reminds me of a 19th century caricature by Honore Daumier: a kid breathes on the windowpane of a shop, is caught by a guard, brought to trial, spends his entire life in jail, is released an old man, comes to the same windowpane and defiantly breathes on it, another guard arrives, but the man is already dead. The most beautiful scenes can be found at the end of the film, where the splendid and barren landscape of Venetian marshes is used as the adequate setting for the almost unbearably poignant finale.


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