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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.


Marco Bellocchio


Sergio Donati (original story and screenplay), Goffredo Fofi (screenplay collaboration)




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)


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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An addendum to the above reviews..
4 February 2014 | by hypermodernsaregoSee all my reviews

..left out of the above is the equal condemnation of the left. No side is unscathed, I think the overall thrust of the film is that the victims are the innocent believers in justice. A very complex portrayal of the chaos and selfishness which imbue (Italian) politics. And, of course, each individuals complicity in the whole stewpot. I would add that the montage sequences date this film. Overall the cinematography is outstanding, performances excellent. The score and pacing satisfy. Not a traditional police procedural, but more of a character study. It is definitely a deft delivery of a construction that relies more on your faith in the film maker, rather than the presentation of a protagonist. I hate giving films stars, but how about 7.

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26 April 1973 (France) See more »

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