After the fall of Napoleon and the restoration of the feudal dynasty, Italy is torn apart. Marcello Mastroianni plays a dispirited middle-aged revolutionary who yearns to return to the idle countryside of his aristocratic cradle while failing to resist the invitation of his comrades to join the peasant movement in the South. The Taviani brothers draw on the past to criticise the unrealistic fervor of the extreme left-wing movements that emerged in the late 1960s. Morricone puts an inventive twist on the Italian folk dance and weaves the score smoothly into the interactions between characters. Quentin Tarantino, a hard-core fan of Morricone, “steals” the remarkably rhythmic main theme of the film for his own work, Inglourious Basterds.
Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Marcello Mastroianni, Lea Massari, Mimsy Farmer
Italian, English(In Parts), Hungarian(In Parts), French(In Parts)