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Victory March (1976)

Marcia trionfale (original title)
The young student Paolo Passeri is firmly anti-militarist but has to do his military service.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Sergio Bazzini (screenplay), Marco Bellocchio | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michele Placido ... Paolo Passeri
Franco Nero ... Captain Asciutto
Miou-Miou ... Rosanna
Patrick Dewaere ... 2nd Lt. Baio
Peter Berling
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Belluomo
Luciano Crovato Luciano Crovato
Nino Bignamini Nino Bignamini
Massimo Boldi
Ekkehardt Belle
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Nicola Di Pinto
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The young student Paolo Passeri is firmly anti-militarist but has to do his military service.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 March 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Victory March See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Power games.
6 December 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

Marco Bellocchio's trenchant VICTORY MARCH is about the madness of military life and its children's power games. It deals with the psychological ravishing of a sensitive and literate young man during the first year in his service in the Italian army. He is abused and shoved about by officers and non-commissioned personnel, and when he has the audacity to become a good soldier, he is shunned by the other trainees. The soldier, Passeri, is played by the talented Michele Placido, who was the youngest brother in THREE BROTHERS and the teacher in FOREVER MARY, both made after this film. Much of the movie treats Passeri's relationship with a strict and possibly psychotic young officer (Franco Nero) and his sluttish young wife, played by French actress Miou-Miou. The movie delves into the relationship between power and sexuality, has some scenes that are rather graphic. But it is another example of Bellocchio's exhilarating talent which can be both savage and humane, satiric and dramatic, and most certainly always fascinating.


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