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Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 26 April 1973 (France)
A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Sergio Donati (original story and screenplay), Goffredo Fofi (screenplay collaboration)
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Cast overview:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Giancarlo Bizanti
Fabio Garriba Fabio Garriba ... Roveda
Carla Tatò Carla Tatò ... Moglie di Bizanti
Jacques Herlin ... Lauri
John Steiner ... Ingegner Montelli
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Giornalista de 'Il Giornale'
Jean Rougeul ... Direttore de 'Il Giornale'
Corrado Solari ... Mario Boni
Laura Betti ... Rita Zigai
Enrico DiMarco Enrico DiMarco ... Commissario
Silvia Kramar Silvia Kramar ... Maria Grazia Martini
Massimo Patrone Massimo Patrone ... School Porter
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro ... Italo Martini - Maria Grazia's father
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... 2nd speaker at press conference (as Luigi Guerra)
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1972, Milano. We are just a few days before the general elections. The daughter of a well-known professor is found dead. Mr Bizanti editor in chief of newspaper "Il Giornale", in agreement with its owner Mr. Montelli, decides to charge of following the story the junior Roveda and the senior Lauri. At one point, some elements indicates senator Boni as a possible murderer. All the "old guard" within "Il Giornale" drives articles in order to underline responsibilities of senator Boni. But young Roveda doesn't surrender and continues to search for the truth. Written by 1felco

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 April 1973 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Monstro na Primeira Página See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Director Marco Bellocchio replaced Sergio Donati, who had written the story and was to direct, but was forced to drop out due to illness. See more »

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Thrilling, disturbing and very provocative.
3 February 2014 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Really good, solid, political film making from a new fave of mine, Marco Belloccio. Indeed this taut thriller mixes the murky world of newspapers with the equally murky world of politics. This opens with in your face real footage of early 70s street riots in Milan. Such is the ferocity and spectacle it seems likely that once the narrative begins there will be an anti-climatic lull. Not at all, Gian Maria Volonte stars as the newspaper boss prepared to do anything for his fascist friends and the survival of his newspaper. His cynicism and by implication that of the director knows no bounds. An innocent schoolgirl is raped, there is a clear guilty party but does it suit the ends of those in charge for matters to proceed as they should? Volonte is masterly in the role, as he was in the slightly earlier, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion but he is aided here by more than adequate support from all involved. Thrilling, disturbing and very provocative.


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