It's very disjointed and almost collapses under the weight of its own experimentalism but this is a worthwhile early glimpse of Moretti's art (made when he was only 23). Notable for a rare onscreen appearance by Nanni's literary critic brother Franco and an even rarer use of Subutteo in a film.
A sentimental, dark comedy about the cinema (or theatre) - it's purpose and relation with critics, audience, actors and about the creative process itself. This is also a film about complicated relationships with women, independence, rejection, and loneliness. I was surprised how beautifully the small, trivial and often sad elements of life are presented here and actually are an integral part of the experience.
Regardless of its being his debut feature, it remains a loosely, rather shabbily developed and poorly structured narrative, leaving one bored and largely unsatisfied, even if the film, seemingly long and drawn-out but not actually, is punctuated with some funny and entertaining moments.
Much longer than it needs to be. Some sketches become dull, with the performances both here and there. But whenever Moretti is on screen, it's electrifying, sad, funny and a whole range of emotions that only his overbearing charisma can stage. Worth a watch.
Delightful, weird, innovative; anyone who's ever put on an amateur play should get a huge kick out of it. Moretti has an absurd sense of humor, but also has a tender side that shows up unexpectedly. As an actor, he's a great comic presence. The movie sends up babbling Italian criticism nicely, and the fast cuts are downright audacious. Really looking forward to the other 2 movies in the series.
Moretti's slapstick comedy did not age well. Several references today are cryptic to most non-Italian viewers and Moretti's rants and raves today fall flat. Additionally, threatening his son to "Call the ugly black man" would have been considered racist even in the Seventies. Nonetheless, the theatre director's imperative - "One needs abs and pectorals to be truly avant-garde" - is still true today.
Unos comediantes de teatro de lo absurdo, representando una comedia absurda. Nanni Moretti contempla a dos protagonistas frustrados (o camino a la frustración) con lo íntimo y sus oficios. Uno neurótico y otro optimista. Ambos, sin embargo, atrayendo un mal karma producto de esa radicalidad o ideología que han decidido seguir.