Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket tells the story of a twisted young man who takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio.
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Film italiano, sobre la putrefaccion social de una familia que vive en los suburbios, memorable viaje que va de la locura al horror, cada personaje con tintes de montruosa desadaptación social, anormalidad que lleva a la tragedia.
I can't remember when it's the last time I took so many screenshots while watching a film. The black & white is so crisp, stunning cinematography, characters feel so real. It's a sad story, but what a gorgeous film. Beyond me I didn't hear much about it before. Why is it so little known?!
Marco Bellocchio's first film: altogether brilliant and one of my personal favourites. Interesting condemnation of the family ideological apparatus. An anarchic examination of reality that shocked its generation. Great acting from Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora.
Really deserves to be considered as one of the classics in Italian cinema and should certainly be more famous than it is. I am not sure if Castel ever got close to matching his remarkable performance in this film later on.
The main reason I was watching this was because I was going to see Marco's newest hit, Vincere, at CIFF. I did get a lot out of it though. I got a story of a demented man who knocks off his family for driving him to insanity.
This films daring innocence and carefree style fill it with such confidence that you cannot help but feel sucked in. Every move is novel yet sure. A dark family fantasy with great strength. Another Italian Classic but in a new and strange style.