Flavio Bucci, shown below, in his first starring role), who has had a typically Italian upbringing -- the kind of hypocritical, patronizing parenting that, among other things, seems to have turned so many Italians, as the noted filmmaker Daniele Luchetti once explained to me, into anarchists. That was back in 2008, but clearly Signore Petri (shown at left) understood as much as early as 1973 when this original and prescient movie was released.
Ugo Tognazzi, below, left) make a huge deposit that suddenly turns into a robbery.
Daria Nicolodi (shown above and below, who was Dario Argento's oft-used leading lady). Petri, who co-wrote the film with Ugo Piro, allows each of his main characters to "explain" themselves during the course of the film, and Anita's explanation is a stunner, showing how very well she understands both herself and her situation. It's feminist and smart in so many ways, and yet Anita, of course, though she may understand things, still cannot control them.
Orazio Orlando, above, left); a performer who doubles as a thief (the great Mario Scaccia); Total's whatever-works-for-me father (played by Salvo Randone, below, left); and a few others -- all of whom Petri uses to make his points about the society we lived in back then and that has only become more so down the decades since. By the finale you'll fully understand just how black a black comedy this one is -- as it makes nasty fun of everything from Marxism (our hero's family practices what he calls Mandrakian Marxism, as in Mandrake the Magician) to Capitalism, thievery, acting, and the very core of Italians and their society.
Claudio Mancini, titled The Middle-Class Communist, and an interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci, The Best Man.
Arrow Films and distributed here in the USA via MVD Entertainment Group, the disc hit the streets this past Tuesday, March 28, and is available for purchase. I would hope that one could rent it somewhere, but so far, Netflix does not even make it available to be saved to your queue.