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I Am Self Sufficient (1976)

Io sono un autarchico (original title)
The film tells the misadventures of a company of players who are oppressed by a tyrannical director. At the same time, his friend Michele is living with the failure of his marriage to Silvia.

Director:

Nanni Moretti

Writer:

Nanni Moretti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luciano Agati Luciano Agati ... Giuseppe
Lorenza Codignola Lorenza Codignola
Simona Frosi Simona Frosi ... Silvia
Nanni Moretti ... Michele Apicella
Beniamino Placido Beniamino Placido ... Theatrical Critic
Andrea Pozzi Andrea Pozzi ... Andrea
Fabio Traversa ... Fabio Ghezzi
Giorgio Viterbo Giorgio Viterbo ... Giorgio
Paolo Zaccagnini Paolo Zaccagnini ... Paolo
Stefano Bergesio Stefano Bergesio
Benedetta Bini Benedetta Bini ... Benedetta
Alberto Flores d'Arcais Alberto Flores d'Arcais ... Pio (as Alberto Flores)
Lori Valerini Lori Valerini ... Girl in the Window
Stefano Brasini Stefano Brasini
Mauro Fabretti Mauro Fabretti
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Storyline

Nel film si raccontano le disavventure di una scalcagnata compagnia di attori, tiranneggiata da un regista dispotico ed un pò sadico. Nello stesso periodo, il suo amico Michele sta vivendo il fallimento del proprio matrimonio con Silvia. Written by rosebud6

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Comedy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 January 1978 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Michele Apicella: In the cinema, the actors are the bourgeoisie; the image is the proletariat; the soundtrack is the petty bourgeoisie, forever fluctuating between one and the other. The image, as proletariat, has to seize the power in the film after a long struggle.
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Connections

References L'important c'est d'aimer (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Poor Boy
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
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Io Sono Un Autarchico/I Am Self Sufficient-Nanni Moretti tells that it is tough to do theater but easy to watch it on screen.
15 August 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

It has been observed in the field of cinema that the depiction of theater in films is no easy matter neither for actors nor the director. The problem has a lot to do with the fact that most films about theater go beyond the realms of mere theatrical art in order to portray quality material about plays. This is why such films do begin confidently with lofty ideas about plays and the art of theater but lose their sense of artistic purpose once they find themselves on the trails which bear inimitable marks of actors' personal lives. I am self sufficient is one such film about the seemingly difficult yet cheerful lives of actors and a theater critic. Although Nanni Moretti is not exactly a protagonist in this film, he does manage to add tremendous substance to his role as an unlucky theater practitioner who is facing tough times as he doesn't know how to raise a single child when the mother has left "Le Foyer". Assaults of known as well as unknown facets of Italian culture are regular features of most Nanni Moretti films. This film is not an exception to the rule as Nanni Moretti takes casual potshots at "Il Cinema Italiano". The film is replete with innumerable scenes of this kind which help to establish the doctrine of 'mirth is girth'. Lastly, I am self sufficient is an excellent piece of entertainment which does not purport to be a film providing cheap thrills.


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