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.
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.
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.
The movie starts and remains well with all the tensions between the brothers, and with the freakest plot against all the family. But, the movie turns aimless after the mother's death. What is good and curious is that any brother really cares about the other. The only one who doesn't make any harm is Leone, therefore, maybe, he is ignored by the others. Good scenes. "Sento aria, Ale. E' aperta la finestra?".
Ópera prima turbulenta sobre una estirpe envenenada. La relación tensa y lapidaria entre unos hermanos es la prueba de un fracaso social; la señal de su próxima extinción. “Las manos en los bolsillos” es una alegoría a la autodestrucción, el resentimiento mutuo que ha calcinado toda brecha moral (parricidio, incesto) o espiritual (desmitifación de la iglesia) echada abajo por los hijos.