L'Esorciccio (1975)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |  
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In the mid-'70s, Ciccio Ingrassia had a falling out with partner Franco Franchi -- with whom he co-starred in numerous popular "Franco and Ciccio" comedies before and after the quarrel -- and set out on his own, directing himself in this fairly amusing parody. Mimmo Baldi plays Luigi, the overweight son of a town mayor (Lino Banfi), who finds an amulet and takes it home. The demons inside it begin possessing the entire family. Ingrassia stars as a conman who pretends to be an exorcist, but ends up possessed as well. At one point, a Franchi impersonator is defenestrated, illustrating the depth of Ingrassia's feelings at the time. Ubaldo Lay co-stars with Tano Cimarosa and Didi Perego, and cultists will recognize Salvatore Baccaro (La Bestia in Calore, El Castello dell'Orrore) in a typically bizarre role. Well photographed by Guglielmo Mancori, although Marino Onorati's screenplay may not be very funny to those unfamiliar with the rather insular nature of many Italian comedies.