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One Way or Another (1976)

Todo modo (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 30 April 1976 (Italy)
Party leader and power broker Aldo Moro, holed up with his cronies and rivals at a monastic retreat where they plot their political fortunes while being led by a Jesuit cleric in spiritual cleansings.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Leonardo Sciascia (novel), Elio Petri (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... M.
Marcello Mastroianni ... Don Gaetano
Mariangela Melato ... Giacinta
Ciccio Ingrassia ... Voltrano
Franco Citti ... Autista di M.
Cesare Gelli Cesare Gelli ... Arras
Tino Scotti Tino Scotti ... Il cuoco
Adriano Amidei Migliano Adriano Amidei Migliano ... Capra-Profiri
Giancarlo Badessi Giancarlo Badessi ... Ventre
Mario Bartoli Mario Bartoli ... Primogenito Lombo
Nito Costa Nito Costa ... Prete giovane
Guerrino Crivello Guerrino Crivello ... Speaker TV
Marcello Di Falco Marcello Di Falco ... Saccà
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Bastante
Aldo Farina Aldo Farina ... Restrero
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Party leader and power broker Aldo Moro, holed up with his cronies and rivals at a monastic retreat where they plot their political fortunes while being led by a Jesuit cleric in spiritual cleansings.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

This movie was intended to satirize Italy's ruling political party, the Democrazia Cristiana. Gian Maria Volontè's character was a caricature of one of DC leader's, statesman Aldo Moro. Two years later, Moro was kidnapped and murdered by communist terrorists. See more »

Quotes

Giacinta: Speak 'officialese' only if you have nothing to say.
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Referenced in The Caiman (2006) See more »

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Not stale, not at all
11 December 2004 | by latineseSee all my reviews

"However, two years later, Moro was kidnapped and murdered by communist terrorists and the joke went stale." This is taken from the trivia about Todo modo. I don't think such a film can be described as a joke. However, the movie ain't stale, mister. Not at all. I saw it a few days ago (it was something of an event because obviously Italian TV does NOT show such films), and it was sort of a shock. Who cares about Moro and the DC? Moro died in 1978 and the Democrazia Cristiana does not exist anymore (though many politicians who belonged to that party are still in power today). But Italy is still like that. Todo modo is definitely not a realistic film. It's a claustrophobic nightmare, a deranged vision of the worst aspects of my country. But it's still true. It still applies. It ain't stale, not at all. Besides, it features three breath-taking performances by very different actors such as Ciccio Ingrassia (one of our greatest actors, unjustly underrated because of his success as a B-movie comedian), Gian Maria Volontè (one of the greatest actors ever, had he lived and worked in the USA he would be mentioned just everywhere) and Marcello Mastroianni (a famous actor I don't always like, but this is his best performance with his cynical role in La dolce vita). It's a real shame there's no DVD available. But then our prime minister is Silvio Berlusconi, we can't complain... this is what we deserve.


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Italy

Language:

Italian | Latin | English

Release Date:

30 April 1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cinevera S.p.a. See more »
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