"Eh, si, siamo in America!". No, per fortuna no. Siamo in quell'Italia del Cinema bello, fatto di sceneggiature ricche, regie preziose ed attori che riempiono lo schermo. Una magnifica analisi del Potere, che nel tempo corrode e corrompe la persona, sia di chi lo possiede, sia di chi ne soffre l'ira o ne subisce il fascino, tant'è che giunge a ferire anche l'arrogante baldanza del Dottore. Autentico capolavoro.
Absurdity folded in on absurdity, a psychological thriller which plays out one step removed from a crime drama. There was so much to enjoy and take-away from this film, from Morricone's one-note one-tune repeated ad nauseum, to Volontone's masterful turn as the fragile mastermind who thinks he's above it all. Sorrentino did not emerge in a vacuum, makes me hungry to see what else he's drawn on.*
Bold absurdist exploration of fascism and power relations. Even just a few years ago one might have distanced oneself from it as a period piece that captured a particular time and place. It's alarming to consider how its treatment of themes around the perversity of institutional corruption are as pertinent as ever. Like another commenter, I keep on thinking of the links between this film and American Psycho.
We don't know a protagonist's name. Is he an everyman then? Probably, every-powerful-man. But the man is also an allegory of a corrupted state descending into schizophrenic need to be obnoxious about the power it's in charge of but at the same time to avoid the disgrace of the system within it works. Petri made a universal tale about downfall that power (political or psychological) must always lead to.
I loved this film. On a technical level it's a masterpiece: so many breathtaking shots and camera movements, fantastic editing, music and sound design. The acting is note perfect. The plot is gripping. The double ending is evocative and very chilling, like something out of a horror film circa Rosemary's Baby.
Kafkian critique on the corruptibility of power. It rightly portrays power as a sociopathy and highlights the eroticism associated with the powerful, the unaccountability of the ruler and the blind subjugation of his subjects all in order to preserve the sacred notion of authority embedded in our human DNA. The film also reflects on the social unrest that crippled 60's Italy with a wave of political terrorism.
memorable and annoying. Inverted Kafka, or Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde or genre crime caper + echoes of Darkness at Noon... but unique and surreal. This 1970 period piece is full of Italian cheek grabbing and dated shouty/mad/manipulative corrupt authoritarianism, & could be remade in the modern corporate-political world of smoke and mirrors... "TOO BIG TO FAIL"? If it were, it would lack the fun quirkiness.
Not sure how well this cynical satire has aged, No doubt it had impact in its time, given the politics of then. Now it has an almost cartoonish feel especially with Morricone's ironical score (think Pink Panther). I much prefer Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist as a comment on the mood of that era.