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Tiro al piccione (Pigeon Shoot)

Venice Classics

Director:
Giuliano Montaldo
Production:
Ajace Produzioni Cinematografiche, Euro International Films
Running Time:
114’
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy
Year:
1961
Main Cast:
Eleonora Rossi Drago, Jacques Charrier, Francisco Rabal
Screenplay:
Luciano Martino, Giuliano Montaldo, Fabrizio Onofri, Ennio De Concini
Cinematographer:
Carlo Di Palma
Editor:
Nino Baragli
Production Designer:
Carlo Egidi
Costume Designer:
Pier Luigi Pizzi
Music:
Carlo Rustichelli
Sound:
Mario Amari
Restoration:
CSC - Cineteca Nazionale

Synopsis

After 8th September 1943, young Marco joins the Salò Republic. Marco begins to question his initial patriotic drive when witnessing his comrades’ brutal violence against other Italians and his beliefs begin to waver. After being injured he has an affair with Anna, a nurse who is older than him but who flees to Switzerland with her captain. During a guerilla mission, he is shattered and overwhelmed by the horrors he has witnessed and he falls asleep surrounded by the corpses of his comrades-in-arms.

Director’s Statement

My collaboration with Moscatelli was decisive as he was the Piedmontese Partisan officer who helped me with the documentation. The film was the source of great controversy: it was based on how the Fascist society conditioned the younger generation at that time, on the trauma of the young people who realized that their dreams of conquest had gone up in smoke and that the Social Republic was against a true democracy. I had read the highly-autobiographical novel by Giose Rimanelli, and I was really moved by the story seen from ‘the other side’, the story of a young man who made the wrong decision at that time. I thought the film could inspire a debate about those who made mistakes in good faith during the war, but instead it boomeranged against me because of the Stalinist controversy when the film came out.
Torino città del cinema, edited by D. Bracco, S. Della Casa, P. Manera, F. Prono, Milano, Il Castoro, 2001

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale
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00173 – Rome, Italy
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PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Ajace Produzioni Cinematografiche

PRESS OFFICE: Alberto Crespi - Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale
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