Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
The head of a large extended family living in a Roman slum guards his money from his greedy relatives until his tyrannical ways inspire them to try and murder him, with some surprising results for all. Ettore Scola’s black comedy is commendable for its humourously dark look at class oppression in Italy, but its characters are so maliciously hateful that some audiences members won’t have the patience to see beyond the allegory. Great performances by a cast that look like they’ve been taken out of a Pasolini movie and placed in a screwball comedy, but like many socio-politically minded films that came from Italy in the seventies, the film does tend to hit one over the head a bit too much.
Cinematography by Dario Di Palma
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Costume Design by Danda Ortona
Film Editing by Raimondo Crociani