DILLINGER IS DEAD
Friday, March 23
(1969, Marco Ferreri) That’s the headline of the paper the gun is wrapped in. Disaffected designer Piccoli comes home to a sleeping wife and a cooling dinner, and starts a gourmet meal of his own, discovering a strange package. Next move? Head-scratching surprises ahead even for the surrealists. 35mm. Approx. 95 min.
“A MINIMALIST TOUR DE FORCE. The most immersive Piccoli experiences… Practically a one-man show... The prolonged emphasis on mundane domestic activity, suffused with uncertain tension, anticipates Chantal Akerman’s revolutionary Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, while home-movie sequences showing footage from a vacation to Spain share a hallucinatory wooziness with key sections of Easy Rider, which came out the same year. As ever, Piccoli feels no obligation to signal his character’s roiling emotions, allowing the attentive viewer to intuit them from his uninflected behavior.”
– Mike D’Angelo, The Village Voice