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Henry IV (1984)

Enrico IV (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 28 June 1985 (USA)
The story begins at a medieval dressing party. A man, dressed as the King Enrico IV, falls from his horse and hits his head. This causes him serious lesions and gets insane, believing he is... See full summary »

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Marco Bellocchio

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Luigi Pirandello (play), Marco Bellocchio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Enrico IV
Claudia Cardinale ... Matilda
Leopoldo Trieste ... Psychiatrist
Paolo Bonacelli ... Belcredi
Gianfelice Imparato
Claudio Spadaro
Giuseppe Cederna
Giacomo Bertozzi Giacomo Bertozzi
Fabrizio Macciantelli Fabrizio Macciantelli
Luciano Bartoli ... Enrico IV, giovane
Latou Chardons Latou Chardons ... Young Matilda / Frida
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Massimo Antonio Rossi Massimo Antonio Rossi ... Belcredi, giovane
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The story begins at a medieval dressing party. A man, dressed as the King Enrico IV, falls from his horse and hits his head. This causes him serious lesions and gets insane, believing he is really the King Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henry IV See more »

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Rai 2,Odyssia See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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A solid adaptation, a superb Mastroianni performance
25 March 2012 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Marcello Mastroianni is masterful in the solid film adaptation of Pirandello's tricky play about the nature of sanity, madness and fantasy. Subtle yet grand, tragic and very funny, Mastroianni gives tremendous life to the sometimes slightly dry and otherwise intellectual ideas underneath the story.

A mad Italian aristocrat who has spent 20 years believing he's King Henry IV, and has been surrounded by sycophants willing to play along. Now a doctor and his ex-lover try to 'cure' him, leading to some interesting and unexpected results.

It takes a while to get going, but the last third is wonderful, and the whole thing is pretty fascinating.

I will say, the score drove me a bit crazy. It often felt intrusive – alternately too heavy handed and on the nose, or having little relationship to what was going on on screen. But that's hardly enough to ruin a great performance in a film that raises more than it's share of interesting questions.


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