The Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man

1981, 116m, 35mm, Italy

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Screened November 25–30, 2017

Essaying a smaller-scale tale and a more satirical tone, Bertolucci taps into Italy’s close-to-the-surface anxieties over the prevalence of kidnappings and killings. Skirting bankruptcy, cheese factory mogul Ugo Tognazzi presses pause when son Ricky Tognazzi is held for ransom. Trying to suss out the veracity of the crime and allocate his money, he finds himself at odds with wife Anouk Aimée and son’s girlfriend Laura Morante. Cinematography by Carlo Di Palma.

In Italian with English subtitles

A film by Bernardo Bertolucci

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