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Fuoco!, Movie, 1968 IMDB

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2011-01-04 12:36

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Strange, desperation, a man on the edge of his madness, .... I'd recommend that film

From: A Catholic celebration is underway in the town of Viterbo. All of a sudden shots are fired from a window. An unemployed man, Mario, locks himself, his wife and child in their home and begins an armed standoff. The police know the culprit and start negotiations to persuade Mario to give himself up.
The entire film is shot like a documentary from inside the apartment in grainy black-and-white images. The people don’t talk to each other or try to explain the events. The outside world is seen through semi-closed shutters. Little seems to happen during the ensuing day-long incident, but the tension is unbearable. The viewer senses the great pressure Mario is under, while the police gently but resolutely try to make him surrender. Subtly Baldi succeeds in picturing the social pressures and even hidden violence that can erupt when an individual feels he can take no more.


From: Presented at the 39th Venice Film Festival (1968), Osella d’Argento award.
Special Jury Prize at the 5th Rencontres du Jeune Cinéma ,Hyères, 1969.
Gold Medal for best film at the 1971 Antwerp Semaine Cinématographique Internationale. Gold Cup in 1969
The film did not receive the Quality Award, and many Italian intellectuals expressed their disagreement with this decision by sending a telegram to the Minister for Tourism and Culture. The text of the telegram was as follows: “ We have learned from the press that the Quality Award Committee chaired by film critic Gian Luigi Rondi did not give the award to Gian Vittorio Baldi’s film “Fuoco!” produced by IDI Cinematografica. We believe this film to be one of the most worthy and significant works of the Italian cinema in recent years”
The telegram was signed by Mino Argentieri, Ennio de Concini, Morando Morandini, Luigi Chiarini, Dacia Maraini, Ennio Flaiano, Giorgio Moscon, Ettore Giannini, Gianni Amico, Adriano Aprà, Flavio Paulon, Francesco Savio, Guido Piovene, Tulio Kezich, Callisto Cosulich, Tonino Guerra, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia.
German critics at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival voted the film one of the five best Italian films of the 1960s and 1970s.

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