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Very amusing in an offensive sort of way.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
(1976) Ugly, Dirty and Bad
(In Italian with English subtitles)
Although, the movie doesn't have a plot, it does however, introduces us to a family living together in a cardboard shack in one of the most poorest locations in Italy. It's located high on a hill near a highway which can be labelled as your average dumping ground. The head of the household is Giacinto Mazzatella (Nino Manfredi) who appears to own this little shack along with his wife and older sons and their kids scrunched sleeping together on whatever small spaces s/he could find. And each one of the members are throwing fits with one another especially the head of the household who is the father who throws the biggest fit of them all who sleeps with a loaded shotgun beside his bed getting all paranoid about his bundle of money which he hides it on different locations wherever he could find. His mother whose like the oldest member of this family does nothing but watch TV whereas each morning everybody else leaves doing what hoodlums do which is thieving and loitering. Much of the movie showcases the father with his one good eye grumbling about his no good kids and neighbors and then clash at them. As we the viewers observe the family squabbles with one another particularly against the father, it is still fascinating to see how each of them cope with another this long for although their lifestyle is routine, it's still enough to keep our interests from sticking to them until the very end.
3 out of 4 stars
This is an interesting film, part comedy, part social depicton of a family living in a slum in roma during the 70's! It's quite dry & bleak but somehow it's catchy and entertaining! It's a film from an other era that's for sure, when families where big & life was not turning around social recognition or facebook to say the least! It was a time of toughness & economic harship for italy and maybe for Europe in General. This film has a radical view point & is in complete osmosis with it's subject! It's a gritty & dirty film, filled with incredible chracters & too many truth about what the future holds for these unfortunate kids growing in such a bad environement! Wait for the last shot, when the image freezes, you will understand all the bitterness this film holds under the appearance of a dark comedy!
Frankly, this outcast and good taste disturbing humor made me laugh - it surely has its hilarious moments. After few long uncut camera takes I've put big hopes in the art side of the movie but the closer to end the worse it gets. Some kind of Italian version of "Pink Flamingos" or Dutch flick "Flodder" from the 80's. Nevertheless worth to see.
Imagine Fellini's neorealistic <i>Miracolo a Milano</i> (1951) with its humor twisted into a John Waters / Marco Ferreri celebration of political incorrectness. Almost literally, there is cannibalism within this unconventional family, and Nino Manfredi acknowledges this as the "head" of them all. Scola never attempted something similar in his career as far as I'm concerned (he'd later proceed with a non-serious, self-spoofing failed romantic movie called <i>Passion d'Amore</i>  with an unintentional(?) reference to Nosferatu), yet his remarkable direction propels a unique twist in any genre this rare hybrid possesses.
Meio cinema artÃstico pra mim, mas nÃ£o Ã (C) de todo mal.
Oh my goodness. I really didn't see this coming. Scola created an overwhelmingly funny fresco of the Roman slums bursting with life amidst shacks over-the-top filled with children, parents, grandparents, nephews, cousins....Nino Manfredi is Giacinto, the family patriarch constantly aimed at hiding his savings from the rest of his numerous family. At moments, this seems like "Married With Children" taken to the extreme, except for the fact that Ed O'Neill is nowhere near Manfredi when it comes to the embodiment of Moliere's archetype of a cheap, strict,albeit funny father figure. In Scola's film, incest really is a kind of family entertainment, and sex is a no-frills thing, something one wants to get over with, without any dramatic introduction or romantic feelings. The film reduces sex to an urge which needs to be satisfied, but you're too busy laughing your ass of to actually concentrate on any kind of serious criticism. Giacinto's grotesquely mega-breasted lover is a far cry from the idealized vision of Sofia Loren's Ciociara, she's more akin to the Venus of Willendorf. He lets her move in with the family and share the bed with him and his wife(to his wife's strong reluctance). Actually, talking about "Ugly,Dirty And Bad" doesn't do this little masterpiece justice. Just see it.
Affreux, sales et mechants", ca c'est du titre cash, qui a le merite de resumer a la fois le film et ses principaux personnages, une plethorique famille de prolos entasses dans un bidonville de la banlieue de Rome. Pour Ettore Scola, la pauvrete n'est pas forcement synonyme de dignite et de valeurs traditionnelles severement preservees mais cree au contraire des etres frustes, envieux et mesquins. Entre le patriarche mauvais comme une teigne qui redoute qu'on le depouille de sa fortune et sa progeniture qui reve de le voir mort et, en attendant des jours meilleurs, survit de prostitution et de vol a la tire, l'incredulite va croissant face a cette mediocrite noire et satisfaite d'elle-meme qui s'etale sans complexes au gre de dysfonctionnements familiaux de plus en plus trash et orduriers. Pour autant, le propos etait moins de se moquer avec cynisme du lumpen-proletariat italien - et pourtant, difficile de ne pas rire franchement de la cruaute abjecte de leur quotidien ! - que de fustiger indirectement un systeme qui cree et laisse fleurir une telle misere (le film devait au depart prendre la forme d'un documentaire). Deconseille aux ames genereuses et idealistes, "Affreux, sales et mechants" est une oeuvre crue, brutale et choquante, a l'humour extremement noir et corrosif, comme le cinema italien savait sadiquement les mitonner a l'epoque.
Udda, minst sagt. Jag tror aldrig att jag sett en film dÃ¤r titeln stÃ¤mmer in pÃ¥ varenda karaktÃ¤r som dyker upp. En del tÃ¤nkvÃ¤rda moments, komiska poÃ¤nger och uppfriskande djurplÃ¥geri. Bra men inte mer Ã¤n sÃ¥.
En una palabra: Bizarra.