A businessman and his secretary in a luxurious Jaguar drive along the Rome highway. After a few miles, they find themselves in the middle of the biggest traffic jam ever seen. Around them are other cars and people, all blocked for endless amounts of hours. A Napolitan family, an old couple on their way to celebrate their 30 years of marriage, a young man planning to meet his girlfriend, four men with guns in a big Mercedes, an ambulance, a young feminist woman with her guitar…all are stuck in the jam. At first the people blocked in their cars react by trying to organize themselves but slowly the situation deteriorates. Selfishness, prejudices and violence ravage the “little society” of the congestion, giving a vision of modern hell in the age of cars. When a helicopter in the sky signals that the congestion is over, all the engines start, but none of the cars move. Silence comes back, the sky becomes darker and darker…
Inspired by a novel by Julio Cortázar.
Luigi Comencini (8 June 1916, Salò – 6 April 2007) was an Italian film director. Together with Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli, he was considered among the masters of the commedia all’italiana genre.His daughters Cristina and Francesca are both film directors.
Patron, together with Alberto Lattuada and Mario Ferrari, of Cineteca Italiana, the first Italian film library, in the post-war period Luigi Comencini became a film critic, initially for “L’Avanti!”, and later for the weekly “Tempo”. In ‘46 he made his directing debut with the documentary “Children in cities (Bambini in città)”; two years later he made his first feature length film, “Guagliò (Probito rubare)”. Commercial fortune, nonetheless, was only to smile on him with the diptych “Bread, love and dreams (Pane, amore e fantasia)” (1953) and with “Frisky (Pane, amore e gelosia” (1954), a prime example of that pink neorealism destined to prove so popular in Italian cinema. The Sixties saw him play a leading… read more