A Catholic celebration is underway in the town of Viterbo. All of a sudden shots are fired from a window. An unemployed man, Mario, locks himself, his wife and child in their home and begins an armed standoff. The police know the culprit and start negotiations to persuade Mario to give himself up.
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35mm. Direct, dry, crude, without diegetic explanations or motivational derivations, with no music and only with concrete noises, of the space in and from the space off, sometimes almost sacrificial - this is a great surprise, in a beautiful restored print that thrills me (the impulse of the discovery) to know more films of this so forgotten and little referenced filmmaker.
Claustrophobic in atmosphere and iconocalstic in terms of its aggressive attack against the pillars of society, Baldi's remarkable film brims with dynamism and stylistic bravura. Shot entirely inside a derelict apartment and with a mute protagonist, "Fire!" undermines with raw power what for the director is a metaphor for societal "peace" (conformity). Riveting!