Raphael (Marcello Mastroianni), a restaurant mandolin player with a limp, a father to support, and a lot of debt, accepts a job offered by his friend, Giardino, to play a serenade under an apartment window at the behest of a mysterious blonde. As he’s playing, a man high up on a balcony is pushed to his death. The apartment belongs to a famous conductor who promises to help Raphael’s musical career if he can find out who the blonde was so the musician pays a call on Giardino only to see him come sailing out the window. Raphael soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, gangsters, blackmail, and a long-ago crime dating back to World War II when he becomes involved with the maestro’s daughter-in-law (Ornella Muti), a nurse at a nearby mental hospital… —IMDb
Sergio Corbucci (December 6, 1927 – December 1, 1990) was an Italian film director. He is best known for his very violent yet intelligent spaghetti westerns. He was for a long time considered an exploitation director, but has now attained a vast following and is easily compared to Sam Peckinpah or Sergio Leone.
He is the older brother of screenwriter and film director Bruno Corbucci.
He started his career by directing mostly low-budget sword and sandal movies. His first commercial success was with the cult spaghetti western Django, starring Franco Nero, the leading man in many of his movies. After Django, Corbucci made many other spaghetti westerns, which made him the most successful Italian western director after Sergio Leone and one of Italy’s most productive directors. His most famous of these pictures was The Great Silence, a dark and gruesome western starring a mute action hero and a psychopathic bad guy. The film was banned in some countries… read more