Le Cinque Giornate (1973)

Genres - Comedy, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Satire  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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This bloody and comical look at the 1848 Italian revolution was director Dario Argento's only foray outside the horror-thriller genres. Adriano Celentano wanders Milan with a goofy baker and witnesses the growing corruption and horror that turns a just cause into senseless violence, rape, and mayhem. The script, co-written by Luigi Cozzi, isn't very funny -- the most amusing part of the film involves a squashed rat in a guy's mouth -- and proved to Argento that comedy was not his forte. Fans of the director will find it worthwhile, but the script is so insular that non-Italians are likely to find most of it uninvolving.

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baking, corruption, rape, revolution, violence, war-atrocities, witness