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Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man


"Perhaps the least known of Bertolucci's features, it is far from the least interesting." (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader)

The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as a reinvestment in the factory. A truly rarely seen masterpiece from the legendary director – produced between two more well-known Bertolucci titles, 1900 (1976) and The Last Emperor (1987) – Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man is a must-see film for not only fans of Italian cinema, but the medium on the whole. Screening from a 35mm print courtesy of Luce-Cinecitta.

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

Bernardo Bertolucci. 1981. 116 m. PG. Italy, Italian with subtitles. Swank Releasing.

Sun. June 7   5:00 PM

Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)