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86 Ratings

His Days Are Numbered

I Giorni Contati

Directed by Elio Petri
Italy, 1962
Drama

Synopsis

A middle-aged plumber quits his job and questions his life after seeing somebody his own age suddenly die from a heart attack on his way to work.

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His Days Are Numbered Directed by Elio Petri

Awards & Festivals

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1963 | Winner: Best Original Story

1963 | Nominee: Best Actor

Critics reviews

It is a personal story, a truly visual investigation of unbalanced energy that attempts to say many things at once… The camera is a palpable presence throughout, adding its reality to the scene. Its fluid, almost neurotic use prefigures the baroque visuality of later films by the director, a quality that would bring David Thomson to describe as Petri’s “frantic visual style”.
March 17, 2013
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Now resuscitated (in a digitally remastered version) after fifty years, Elio Petri’s I giorni contati (1962), translatable as Numbered Days, appears as the most modern and innovative masterpiece among current releases. Simple and philosophical – linear, yet freely moving in the realms of the accidental and the socially defined – it appears to be a restless search for the meaning of ordinary, daily life.
December 01, 2012
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