This non-narrative, sketch-based film is a non-stop feast of antic and black humor. The sketches are framed within the context of a Roman student’s school year, which is disrupted by political and amorous misadventures. The title Ecce Bombo means “Behold the Bumblebee” and spoofs both the ancient biblical phrase (in English, “behold the man”) and the then-current wave of terrorism and bombings.
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Antonio La Quaglia, after three years of waiting, finally gets a job as stationmaster. Their destination: Piovarolo; a small town where only one train a day and always rains. As installed, you realize that this was not the season of his dreams and try everything possible to get a transfer.
Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.
Director Mauro Bolognini inserts this story in Fascist Italy, with careful attention to details. The couple formed by Matteo Zannoni (Bruno Cirino) and Libera Valente (Cardinale) can’t bear fascism. They move constantly between cities, settling down in Modena, where Libera quickly collides with the fascist political commissar Franco Testa (Philippe Leroy). Libera has to suffer awful moments due to her attachment to the resistance, and to the political and sexual harassment from Testa.
Siamo uomini o caporali / Are We Men or Corporals? (1955) Camillo Mastrocinque, Totò, Paolo Stoppa, Fiorella Mari, Comedy
Il medico della mutua / Be Sick… It’s Free (1968) Luigi Zampa, Alberto Sordi, Sara Franchetti, Ida Galli, Comedy
Dr. Guido Tersilli had to give up and apply for mutual. Once inside, not having many economic means, it is very hard to get mutual patients. So he moved to the area of the city with fewer physicians mutual and, with the help of his mother and his girlfriend, gradually get done with patients …
Il magnifico cornuto / The Magnificent Cuckold (1964) Antonio Pietrangeli, Claudia Cardinale, Ugo Tognazzi, Bernard Blier, Comedy
A soap opera type of story about a successful businessman who has a beautiful, popular wife but still falls into an extramarital affair with a woman who is also married. This woman, Girardon, is so sharp at arranging her clandestine meetings that she start…
Le cri du hibou / The Cry of the Owl (1987) Claude Chabrol, Christophe Malavoy, Mathilda May, Jacques Penot, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Robert is an architect and artist, in Vichy after separating from his Parisian wife, Véronique, herself newly engaged. Robert finds it calms him to stand in the shadows of the home of Juliette and Patrick and watch her cook. She thinks he’s a prowler and confronts him, then invites him in. Soon, she’s dumped Patrick, decided she’s in love with this stranger, and pursues him. Robert’s diffident, Patrick is furious, and violence follows. The police are incompetent, Véronique sees an opportunity to play revenge games, and the impressionable Juliette is ensnared by thoughts of death. Can anyone exercise reason?
Le monte-charge / Paris Pick-Up (1962) Marcel Bluwal, Robert Hossein, Lea Massari, Robert Dalban, Drama
The action takes place in an old house ,the first floor of which is a big workshop. A dark , threatening house,where a service elevator (monte-charge) leads to the flat. Marthe takes Robert to her home for a drink;he puts a small bird he bought on the Xmas tree,and they go for a stroll in the streets; when they come back,there’s a dead body in the room (the hubby) and most extraordinary thing,the bird has disappeared.
In Prison Awaiting Trial / Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (1971) Nanni Loy, Alberto Sordi, Elga Andersen, Andrea Aureli, Comedy, Drama
Giuseppe Di Noi, an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, goes to his native country with his Swedish wife and children for his holidays. At the border he is however jailed for no apparent reason. He thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he’s moved from one prison to another, subject to any humiliation and violence.