A director as prolific as he was sophisticated, Mario Monicelli was the epitome of the famous "Italian comedy", which he embodied with remarkable style and freedom of tone. With a humor that was both biting and generous, he tackled the worries, paradoxes and shortcomings of ordinary Italians. He worked with the great names of Italian comedy (Totò, Alberto Sordi, Ugo Tognazzi) and launched the careers of immense actors (Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni). This fourteen-film program takes us through a filmography spanning more than five decades: from the post-war films he co-directed with Steno to the last period of his career (the gritty Christmas film Parenti Serpenti), from masterpieces (Le pigeon, the inaugural masterpiece of the "Italian comedy") to true rarities (Proibito, his only drama).
Main screening room
December 10th, 2023
Mario Monicelli, tragicomédies à l'italienne