|CHINA IS NEAR (LA CINA E VICINA) (director/writer: Marco Bellocchio; screenwriter: Elda Tattoli/story by Marco Bellocchio; cinematographer: Tonino Delli Colli; editor: Roberto Perpignani; music: Ennio Morricone; cast: Glauco Mauri (Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi), Elda Tattoli (Elena), Paolo Graziosi (Carlo), Daniela Surina (Giovanna), Pierluigi Aprà (Camillo); Runtime: 108; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Franco Cristaldi; Columbia Pictures; 1967-Italy)|
|"Smart scathing satire on modern-day
sex and politics."
by Dennis Schwartz
This irresistible b/w shot black
comedy was Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio's
("Fist in the Pocket"/"Vincere"/"In The
Name of the Father") second feature film. It uses the
family metaphor to advance its agenda of the way
society functions in a bourgeois state, even for a
progressive family. It's based on a story Bellocchio wrote.
The director and the actress Elda Tattoli wrote the
script for this smart scathing satire on modern-day
sex and politics.
wealthy land-owning potbellied professor Vittorio
Gordini Malvezzi (Glauco Mauri) is running
as a Socialist for city office. His sexually liberated
sister Elena (Elda Tattoli)
refuses marriage with any of her many sexual conquests
because they are of a lower class. Vittorio's younger
17-year-old prissy brother Camillo (Pierluigi Aprà),
an avowed Maoist, does what he can to interfere with
his brother's campaign.
the dullard professor's secretary Giovanna
(Daniela Surina) and, a Maoist student, Carlo (Paolo
are having an affair. The cynical working-class lovers
are scheming to marry into the wealthy family. Carlo
is the political manager of Vittorio, and Elena has
fallen in love with him.
no one is likable and the drama goes on for too long,
take on the effete upper-class family featured and
the loveless ambitious working-class couple is
unrelenting in its contempt for them.
REVIEWED ON 5/5/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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