Dillinger Is Dead (1969)

MARCO FERRERI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

Italy, 1969.  , .  Story by Marco Ferreri, Screenplay by Marco Ferreri, Sergio Bazzini.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Experimental film by Marco Ferreri that explores the psyche and culture of masculinity, contrasting it with the director’s equation of femininity with domesticity and inertia.    is an industrial designer who comes home to find his wife () in bed with a headache. He makes himself some food, plays some home movies and finds old newspapers that detail the badass adventures of thirties gangster John Dillinger. Piccoli relives his memories of his younger self while contrasting his current life with the one he dreamed of via the icons of old movies. In theory, it’s an interesting conceit and very smart; in execution, it will only appeal to a small margin of its audience. The direction is sturdy and the performances impressive, but it never quite lifts itself beyond its premise.

The Criterion Collection:  #506

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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