After a robbery at his bank disturbs a young clerk, he decides that all he stood for is empty. The hard work he has done to save other peoples money has provided him with little except an allergic reaction. They on the other hand have grown fat and are covered by the bank for any amount lost or stolen. So when one butcher pushes it to far, the clerk takes revenge. Resigning from the bank, taking back his home from the rent barons and taking the butcher to task. He robs him legally of all that is his and proves that what you sow, you shall reep.
Elio Petri made political films. He made films in an era when this was not only not a dirty word, it was a required word. His film is communist in its economic principle but actually very socialist in intention. He asked the questions of society that others would have steered clear of. Why were some so rich and forced others to lose out? Can we really own something? And at what cost? Are we just victims of class or can we be more? These are question he asks within the film and sometimes he answers it with an amazing sense of honesty.
The film itself is sharp outside of this. Well written and directed with a great sense of urgency. Flavio Bucci is engaging and dynamic. A person you want to succeed but also want to be catapulted to star status. Dario Nicolodi is the other face that turns a limited role into a performance. She is usually an Argento lead but is superb here. Now the politics will make some feel out of step, please remember the time this was made. However it is still a rewarding watch.
The new restoration is awesome and looks so sharp. The extras are good but my choice was the communist feature that has a sense of the film and its place in the conversation of Italian cinema.
- 4K restoration from the original film negative
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- New subtitle translation
- Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci
- Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini
- Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh