1971-1980DramaItalyMarco BellocchioPolitics

Marco Bellocchio – Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina AKA Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)

A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (Italian: “Slam the Monster on the Frontpage”) is a 1972 Italian drama film directed by Marco Bellocchio.

It depicts the daily life of a fictitious Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale (The Newspaper). The newspaper caters to a conservative, quasi-fascist, borgeouis public and its chief-editor Bizanti tries in all manners to give a right-wing slant even to the most trivial news items, while at the same time edulcorating and desensitizing the thornier issues, (such as unemployement, police brutality and so on). The whole editorial staff is thrown in a tantrum when a young girl is found raped and killed, going as far as soliciting death penalty nostalgias (capital punishment has been abolished in Italy since the fall of Fascism) and to actually derail the investigation leading the police to a false culprit: a young left-wing student which becomes the “ideal” scapegoat for the newspaper’s prejudiced readership. The movie, a searing j’accuse on the perils of press manipulation closes with no happy ending in sight, with the public opinion totally mesmerized by Bizanti and his cronies for the satisfaction of their backers and financers.

Two years after the movie’s distribution a center-right newspaper actually called Il Giornale was actually started in Italy.

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