Tag Archives: Vittorio Gassman

Valerio Zurlini – Il deserto dei tartari AKA The Desert of the Tartars (1976)

As his first assignment, lieutenant Drogo is sent to an isolated fortress on the borders of a desert and of a range of high mountains. The mission of the garrison is to prevent a possible incursion by the fearsome Tartars, coming from beyond the desert. Some fellow officers are eagerly awaiting an attack; some no longer want to believe in it; others take advantage of the vague threat to further their career. All of them are sacrificing everything — health, youth, friends, family — for a distant military ideal: leading the defence against the onslaught of the enemy. But in the vast emptiness surrounding the fortress, nobody has ever sighted the Tartars… Read More »

Mario Monicelli & Dino Risi & Ettore Scola – I nuovi mostri [115min cut] (1977)

20 years after the monumental “I mostri” which was a great example of Italian sketch comedy, 3 of the greatest Italian directors ever (Risi, Monicelli, Scola), the best Italian writers ever (Age, Scarpelli), the best Italian actors ever (Tognazzi, Gassmann, Sordi) and one of the most beautiful woman in the world (Ornella Muti) participate to this great tribute. The last sketch (a funeral) is symbolic : the death of the Italian comedy, which made Italy the second country in the world for cinematographic productions during 50’s and 60’s. Read More »

Dino Risi – Il mattatore AKA Love and Larceny (1960)

Synopsis:
Gerardo, an aspiring actor, trying unsuccessfully to cross over from comedy to tragedy, is involved, due to his ability to mimic dialects of Italy, in a scam concocted by Lallo against a rich cloth-merchant. Read More »

Mario Camerini – Crimen aka …And Suddenly It’s Murder! (1960)

Five people, all united by the fact of being on a train to Monte Carlo, will find themselves being involved in the murder of an elderly millionaire of Dutch origin, a regular guest of the glamorous Riviera location…. Read More »

Joseph H. Lewis – Cry of the Hunted (1953)

Story
A fugitive is pursued by a lawman who is obsessed with his capture. Read More »

Dino Risi – I mostri AKA The Monsters AKA 15 From Rome (1963)

This two hour film contains no less than twenty different vignettes. Traffic jams, a father passing on to his son the deceitful ways to survive everyday life, punch drunk ex-fighters, exploitation of a blind man are among the many stories. Vittorio Gassmann and Ugo Tognazzi lead the cast of actors in this film directed by Dino Risi.
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Robert Altman – Quintet (1979)

The Harvard Film Archive writes:
A rare science fiction foray from Altman, Quintet is set in a future ice age where people in an otherwise barren society gather with religious zeal to play a mysterious board game that is suddenly transformed into a life-or-death struggle by corrupt, power-hungry officials. With beautifully dystopian winter vistas filmed in the Arctic Circle and on the site of Montreal’s former Expo ’67 complex, the all-encompassing alternate reality of Quintet offers no comfort or solace. However, it is the hopeless darkness that makes any sign of humanity shockingly foreign and blindingly bright and perhaps helps explain why Altman later remarked, regarding the film’s poor critical response, “I have this great optimism that always translates into pessimism.” Read More »