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Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)

La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (original title)
The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Primo Spaggiari
Anouk Aimée ... Barbara Spaggiari (as Anouk Aimee)
Laura Morante ... Laura
Victor Cavallo Victor Cavallo ... Adelfo
Olimpia Carlisi Olimpia Carlisi ... Chiromant
Ricky Tognazzi ... Giovanni Spaggiari (as Riccardo Tognazzi)
Gianni Migliavacca Gianni Migliavacca
Margherita Chiari Margherita Chiari ... Maid
Ennio Ferrari Ennio Ferrari
Gaetano Ferrari Gaetano Ferrari ... Guard
Franco Trevisi ... Bank Manager
Pietro Longari Ponzoni Pietro Longari Ponzoni
Vittorio Caprioli ... Marshal
Renato Salvatori ... Colonel
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The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the factory. Written by Tony Bowden <tony@tmtm.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Vittorio Storaro was set to photograph the film, but director Bernardo Bertolucci lost him to Francis Ford Coppola's One from the Heart (1981). See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Laura: Giovanni is dead!
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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Interesting if not quite compelling, with tonal shifts from drama to near farcical satire
30 November 2013 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Well acted by Ugo Tognanzzi as a self made cheese factory owner whose son is apparently kidnapped, although we can see there's a real possibility the kidnapping was staged so the son could raise money for left-wing causes he supports. Most of the film is about Tognazzi dealing with the kidnapping by pondering selling his factory, and getting to know two go betweens who may or may not have there own agendas (the son's girlfriend, and a leftist sort-of priest), as well as dealing with his wife, Anouk Aimee, who is far more anxious to sell everything they own to pay the kidnappers than the more cynical and wily Tognazzi.

What was hard for me was that, unlike it's spiritual forerunner "The Spider's Strategem", the more satirical, lighter-toned edge seems to work against the drama and vice versa. None-the- less this is interesting and thought provoking. And if not among Bertolucci's greatest works, still well worth seeing.


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