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48 Ratings

St. Michael Had a Rooster

San Michele aveva un gallo

Italy, 1972


Sentenced to life imprisonment for illegal activities, Italian International member Giulio Manieri holds on to his political ideals while struggling against madness in the loneliness of his prison cell.

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St. Michael Had a Rooster Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1972 | Directors' Fortnight

Berlin International Film Festival

1972 | Winner: Interfilm Award - Recommendation (Forum of New Cinema)

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  • dionysus67's rating of the film St. Michael Had a Rooster

    Filmed in the Taviani's characteristically poetic vision, this is another astute political diatribe that intelligently portrays tensions in revolutionary movements. The utopia envisioned by Manieri (a Christ-like Brogi) is passionately, even if naively, pursued with zeal and self-sacrifice.With beautiful sequences across the Italian landscapes, the film attains psychological depths and delivers a riveting finale!

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