La Veritaaa' (1982)

Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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In almost a one-man tour-de-force, Cesare Zavattini wrote, directed, and acted (as Antonio, an 80-year-old man locked up in a mental institution) in this witty, sharply-paced send-up of the hypocrisies of the world. When people seem to be as brain-dead as Antonio suspects, then extreme action is needed to bring them around -- and so he escapes from his confinement to bring his message to a slightly deaf world. He shouts anti-Christian slogans in the Catacombs that once protected Christian lives, and he climbs up on a balcony made famous by Mussolini and does his own haranguing -- asking people to spit up all the meaningless old words they continually use and create new, accurate, and liberating words. At one point, Antonio has a discussion with the Pope in which they both agree that violence and killing have got to be stopped -- but neither the Pope nor the "madman" seem to be able to come up with a shared solution. One of Antonio's methods -- to freeze-frame the violence shown on television and therefore, "stop" it -- just does not seem to have the effect he desires. If the Pope and television cannot stop society's worst problems, then the situation has really gotten out of hand.



escape, hypocrisy