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The Machine that Kills Bad People

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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


Όλες οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται υπό την αιγίδα του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού. To 7o Φεστιβάλ Πρωτοποριακού Κινηματογράφου της Αθήνας διοργανώνεται από τη Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος με τη συγχρηματοδότηση του Ευρωπαϊκού Ταμείου Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης & εντάσσεται στο ΠΕΠ ΑΤΤΙΚΗ του ΕΣΠΑ 2007-2013.