THE NEW MONSTERS
Saturday, November 29
Directed by MARIO MONICELLI, DINO RISI and ETTORE SCOLA
Starring ORNELLA MUTI and ALBERTO SORDI
Plus MODERN PEOPLE
Starring UGO TOGNAZZI, BERNARD BLIER and MICHELE MERCIER
I Nuovi Mostri (1977, Monicelli, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola) 14-episode, searingly satirical look at Italian life in 70s, with direction by three titans of commedia all’italiana. Monicelli directed Autostop: Well, when a hitchhiker looks like Ornella Muti… but what about that recent breakout from a woman’s prison?; and First Aid: What’s wealthy Good Samaritan Alberto Sordi to do when the injured man he’s picked up keeps getting rejected by hospitals, convents, and emergency clinics? Plus Modern People (1964), Monicelli’s sequence from High Fidelity: Tough choice for cheesemaker Ugo Tognazzi: pay gambling debts to Bernard Blier with cash – or wife Michele Mercier? 35mm.
Prints courtesy Harvard Film Archive.