Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Il Federale (The Fascist, 1961)

Director: Luciano Salce
Starring: Ugo Tognazzi, George Wilson, Elza Vazzoler, Stefania Sandrelli
Label:  Medusa Video (2007)
Format: DVD / PAL / Region 2
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 b/w
Audio: Italian (Dolby Digital 1.0 mono/5.1 remix)
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian

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What's the film about?
A fascist fanatic is entrusted with the task of bringing an anti-Fascist professor to Rome in the last days of Fascism. Starting with Monicelli's The Great War (1959), Italian comedies acquired a new social dimension, often dealing with low class situation. After Monicelli's hit, however, the most immediate result was a bunch of "historical" comedies, most of them set during Fascist era. Luciano Salce's road movie, starring Tognazzi at his best, represents one the most popular and most successful entry in this sub-genre. "A modest anecdote that blossoms beautifully into stature and significance" (Andrew Sarris).

...if you enjoyed Comencini's Everybody Go Home, here you have a pleasing follow-up.


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