Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Directed by Ettore Scola
Film Movement Classics
1976
116 Minutes
Italy
Italian
Drama, Classics, Comedy
Poverty, European Studies
Not Rated
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Acclaimed Italian auteur Ettore Scola pairs up with legendary actor Nino Manfredi in this irreverent Cannes-winning comedy. Giacinto (Manfredi), along with four generations of his sprawling, crooked clan, lives in a cramped, dilapidated home on the outskirts of Rome. When a work accident leaves him blind in one eye, the derelict Giacinto suddenly finds himself rolling in insurance money. Refusing to share the wealth, Giacinto's relatives concoct several harebrained plots in hopes of wrenching the riches away.

"This is not the sympathetic portrait of Italy’s poor witnessed in the neorealist films of the 1940s and ‘50s or the socially progressive dramas of the ‘60s but rather a raucous, raunchy comedy set in a village built out of castoffs and scavenged junk on a hill (overlooking a prosperous Rome) where the inhabitants are in perpetual arguments and screaming matches. The energy and black humor sustain this edgy film, which ultimately paints a portrait of a pitiless cycle of anger, abuse, and codependency that no one escapes. Scola won the Best Director award at Cannes for 'Ugly, Dirty & Bad', which is presented here with extras including audio commentary by film scholar Richard Peña. Aimed at fans of satire and foreign cinema that pushes the boundaries of good taste, this is recommended." - Video Librarian

Blu-ray Features

Commentary by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival, and Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University.
Collector's Booklet with essay by film scholar, Ronald Bergan.

Sound: Stereo

Discs: 1

DVD Features

Commentary by Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival, and Professor of Film Studies, Columbia University.
Collector's Booklet with essay by film scholar, Ronald Bergan.

Sound: Stereo

Discs: 1

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Awards & Recognition

Winner
Best Director
Cannes Film Festival

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