Dillinger è morto

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Dillinger è morto

Dllinger Is Dead

Marco Ferreri
I, 1969
Fiction, 95min, OmeU

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Dillinger è morto

Marco Ferreri
I, 1969
Fiction, 95min, OmeU

Cast: 
Michel Piccoli
Glauco
Anita Pallenberg
Ginette
Annie Girardot
Sabine
Adriano Aprà
Movie critic
Screenplay: 
Marco Ferreri
Sergio Bazzini
Sound: 
Carlo Diotallevi
Camera: 
Mario Vulpiani
Editor: 
Mirella Mercio
Composer: 
Teo Usuelli
Decoration: 
Nicola Tamburo

Production: 
Pegaso Cinematografica
Ital-Noleggio Cinematografico
Format: 
35 mm
Color

There’s something awfully somnambulistic about the way that Glauco, a manufacturer of gas masks, glides through his gadget-filled home; he’s a protagonist who’s stuck on permanent autopilot. As the executive cooks dinner and exchanges vague pleasantries with his wife (Anita Pallenberg), the sense of overwhelming modern ennui makes itself apparent. Then things start to become slightly cracked: Glauco paints an unearthed pistol with Pop Art polka dots. He drips honey on the back of the hired help.
Those who sense that something truly weird is brewing will nonetheless find what happens next shocking, made all the more unsettling by the movie’s flat-affect aesthetic. Even the ambiguous wrap-up (remember, the sea cures everything) detonates a no-exit joke in the character’s alleged liberation. The titular gangster isn’t the only one who’s dead; according to Ferreri, it was a condition shared by everyone who bought into the late-20th-century ideal of success. They just didn’t know it at the time. (David Fear)