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Dillinger  Morto (Dillinger is Dead)

Dillinger Morto (Dillinger is Dead) (1969)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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This offbeat combination of reality and fantasy finds Glauco (Michel Piccoli) returning home from his job as an industrial engineer to find his wife (Anita Pallenberg) in bed with a headache. Deciding to fix dinner for himself, he reads from a gourmet cookbook as he watches television, or listens to the radio. He runs across an old .45 caliber handgun and he cleans the weapon between attending to his culinary creation. He later goes to bed, but rises when he is restless and goes to make love

Mar 16, 2010

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Dillinger is one of those artful endurance tests that views conventional storytelling as a sell-out. Yet the movie's also playful, droll, and unexpectedly wise within its rigorous framework.

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Like an Ionesco one-act, the movie is purposely backloaded, rolling along to no apparent purpose and then climaxing with an absurd act of violence that casts a harsh white glare on the bourgeois self-indulgence that preceded it.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There are some sharp ideas tucked alongside the tedious high jinks and rank sexism of Dillinger Is Dead.

February 27, 2009
New York Times
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The titular gangster isn't the only one who's dead; according to Ferreri, it was a condition shared by everyone who bought into the late-20th-century ideal of success. They just didn't know it at the time.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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seems less groundbreaking than simply intriguing as an artistic relic of a much different cinematic era

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A finely calibrated exercise in inspired lunacy.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

... one of those artifacts one either loves or hates, as it takes place essentially in an insomniac industrial designer's impossibly hip '60s apartment while his wife snoozes a pharmaceutically enhanced sleep

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

It's a bizarre, fascinating experience, and one that will sink a bit deeper into your psyche than you might expect.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's at times fascinating, a skewed commentary on consumerism and self-medicated existence, but his chauvinist entitlement leaves an ugly stain on the film...

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

It comments on the empty life of the bourgeois and plays out as a bleak study in alienation.

August 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Dillinger Morto (Dillinger is Dead)

A gas-mask designer finds a gun wrapped in newspapers in his pantry, then spends a long evening puttering about the house---fixing a meal, disassembling and reassembling the gun and watching home movies---then uses the gun in an act of completely unmotivated violence. Stultifyingly dull for the first half hour, but it slowly grows oddly fascinating as the night continues; a typical sort of late 1960s experimental movie that fortunately has a great ecclectic 1960s soundtrack to help with the slow parts.
May 6, 2010
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Greg S

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[font=Century Gothic]"Dillinger Is Dead" starts with Glauco(Michel Piccoli) informing a colleague that he is done with designing gas masks. Arriving home, he is dissatisfied with the dinner left for him and starts to make a dinner for himself from scratch. While searching a closet, he comes across an antique revolver wrapped in a newspaper covering the death of John Dillinger. So, he proceeds to clean the gun.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]That's pretty much the entire movie, folks. Okay, there are also home movies and an interminable music score. Even a couple of risque scenes cannot spice up the inaction. That's not to mention a climax that you could see coming from a mile or two away.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Then again, "Dillinger Is Dead" could be about the dehumanizing effect of violence.(Or maybe one heck of a midlife crisis.) You have the gun and the bullfighting but mainly it comes down to Glauco designing gas masks. So what he knows about poison gases is probably what keeps him awake at night. And it is ironic that a movie featuring insomnia might just be the perfect cure for the same condition.[/font]
March 4, 2009
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