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810 Ratings

Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Brutti, sporchi e cattivi

Directed by Ettore Scola
Italy, 1976
Comedy, Drama


Four generations of a family live crowded together in a shantytown shack in the squalor of inner-city Rome. Patriarch-slumlord Giacinto has money from an accident settlement, but doesn’t share it with his family; when he starts spending it on a sex worker, his wife and sons plot against him.

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Ugly, Dirty and Bad Directed by Ettore Scola

Critics reviews

Scola emphasizes the characters’ vitality with bravura filmmaking, trading in deep focus, 360-degree shots, Rembrandt-style lighting, attention-grabbing long takes, and daring shifts in tone. The most impressive example of the latter occurs in the movie’s final shot, which passes from sardonic comedy to mythic awe to muted tragedy.
November 04, 2016
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