Among Bolignini's very best films. Rightly a reviewer likens the fascination with money's circulation -and pollution of relationships -with Pasolini's influence. Whilst not entirely free of glamorizing delinquents, it is a tight and finely acted, sturdy in its aesthetic code as it raises, unobtrusively, naturalism and realism to a semantic manifesto of non-conformist youth's vitality. Raw, evocative, iconoclastic.
A day (-and a night) in the life of several Roman hoodlums and prostitutes in the Italy of the late 50's. Bolognini and Pasolini's imaginary worlds brilliantly overlap here. If the comments on money or on natural instinct are undoubtedly Pasolini's, there are also sublime scenes, aesthetically speaking, that reveal the talent of Mauro Bolognini. Highly recommended.