Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Fist in His Pocket (1965)

****
Italy

In his debut as writer-director, Marco Bellocchio conceives of a family that out-Tennesee-Williamses Tennessee Williams. Most of the four siblings are epileptic, at least half of them half-repress incestuous impulses and all of them have a blind widow of a burden for a mother. They live in an isolated, photogenically decaying villa in the Italian countryside.
Bellocchio suppresses the theatricality you'd expect to be intrinsic to his movie. He pounces on you and calmly keeps you disconcerted throughout, significantly aided as he is by Lou Castel's icy, unwavering grip on psychosis.

wr/dir: Marco Bellocchio
ph: Alberto Marrama
ed: Silvano Agosti, Anita Cacciolati
m: Ennio Morricone
pd: Gisella Longo
cast: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé, Liliana Gerace, Stefania Troglio, Jeannie McNeil, Mauro Martini, Gianni Schicchi, Alfredo Filippazzi

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