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Fists In The Pocket (I Pugni In Tasca)

I pugni in tasca di Marco Bellocchio compie 40 anni +++NOTIZIA IN RETE DOMANI 14 AGOSTO+++BB

(out of 5)


Marco Bellocchio’s directorial debut is a searing indictment of bourgeois family values in a conservatively Catholic Italy. A dysfunctional clan living in a small town are headed by its eldest sibling, a conformist, ‘normal’ young man who longs to marry his girlfriend and get a place in town with her. Meanwhile, his younger brother (a Brandoesque ) begins to assert himself and puts into action a plan to rid his family of its dead weight, including his blind mother and mentally challenged brother. He himself suffers from epileptic attacks, while the family’s sole female sibling has incestuous feelings for her eldest brother that make her jealous of his relationship with his fiancee. Bellocchio’s darkly humorous film does a terrific job of rebelling against conventional morality, pulling apart its characters and pushing them in unknown directions (to the point that directors like Antonioni and Bunuel were highly disapproving of the film), but that, oddly enough, doesn’t change the fact that it is tedious and flat. The drama never reaches beyond a mild fizzle, the pacing is horrid, and there isn’t one single character with a sympathetic (even in the anti-hero manner) viewpoint.


Doria

Italy, 1965

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay by Marco Bellocchio

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by ,


The Criterion Collection


FistsInThePocket

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