The Machine that Kills Bad People
La macchina ammazzacattivi/The Machine that Kills Bad People
Fiction, Italy, 1948-51, DCP, Α-Μ
With Gennaro Pisano, Marilyn Buferd, William Tubbs,
All of us know about his “fascist period” films, neorealist masterpieces, the intimate films (with Ingrid Bergman), even “the historical neorealism” – but when have we seen anything written about Rossellini as the brilliant and sharp humorist? […] In postwar Italy, an American arrives with the purpose of building a hotel. According to his calculations, around two million Americans desire nothing more than to refresh their memories of the war. […] This might be the first film on the Marshall Plan, along with another masterpiece, Jacques Tati’s Jour de fête. Bienvenido Mr. Marshall (Bardem-Berlanga), or Un Americano a Roma (Steno) are important, but as for me, Rossellini’s film remains the greatest (and least seen). That has much to do with the deep originality of the storyline and the dramaturgy that has the grace of a strange dream.
Peter von Bagh, Filmihullu, 1994