A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to isolate the germ of madness. He is also a very active ladies’ man.
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Asylums are places that cinema have often visited. With the castle and the cemetery, the asylum is one of the favorite settings of horror directors. It's also an ideal place to recreate and comment the outside world, the society. So, in Per le antiche scale, Mauro Bolognini tells us that fascism could be a kind of madness. You may also enjoy the production design and the women surrounding Mastroianni. Recommended.