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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2 1/2 stars. It has it moments/intriguing aspects however I don't think it's great nor even that good of a film, especially going by all the outstanding things I've heard/read about over the years about it. Perhaps my expectations were too high going into it since I've finally got around to watching it (DVR'd it on TCM a couple weeks back). Some nice black & white cinematography though.
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 think the first problem is that the character tells everyone what he's going to do. You just sit there and watch him. The second problem is that it's meant to be shocking, and therefore it becomes a bit of a bore.
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.
Stunning cinematography in crisp B&W, tight direction, and impeccable acting by Castel and co. Bizarre story and plot is likely to turn off some viewers, but this should be classified as what it deserves: essential world cinema. Bellocchio makes an instant classic with this debut, and while I can certainly see why it turned off moviegoers of the day, its must see for serious film fans. 5 easy stars, truly original.