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Dillinger Is Dead

Marco Ferreri

 
Dillinger Is Dead (Criterion DVD)

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  • Italy
  • 1969
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #506

In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema’s most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of an Italian gas mask designer, played, in a tour de force performance, by New Wave icon Michel Piccoli. In his claustrophobic mod home, he pampers his pill-popping wife, seduces his maid, and uncovers a gun that may have once been owned by John Dillinger—and then things get even stranger. A surreal political missive about social malaise, Dillinger Is Dead (Dillinger è morto) finds absurdity in the mundane. It is a singular experience, both illogical and grandly existential.

Cast

ManMichel Piccoli
His wifeAnita Pallenberg
ColleagueGino Lavagetto
Woman in home movieCarla Petrillo
Violinist in home movieMario Jannilli
Sabina, the maid Annie Girardot

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director of photography Mario Vulpiani
  • New video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and Italian film historian Adriano Aprà
  • Excerpts from a 1997 roundtable discussion about director Marco Ferreri, with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Francesco Rosi and film historian Aldo Tassone, including clips of interviews with Ferreri
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Joshua Rowin and a selection of reprinted interviews with Ferreri

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Dillinger Is Dead: Apocalypse Now

By Michael Joshua Rowin March 16, 2010

More than a decade after his death in 1997, the moment is right for the rediscovery of the work of Marco Ferreri. “I think he’s modern. More than modern, in fact,” frequent collaborator Marcello . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Dillinger Is Dead

March 25, 2010

Marco Ferreri’s delightfully confounding late-sixties film Dillinger Is Dead, never before on home video, is now available on Criterion Collection special edition DVD, and critics finally have . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Dillinger Is Dead: Apocalypse Now

By Michael Joshua Rowin March 16, 2010

More than a decade after his death in 1997, the moment is right for the rediscovery of the work of Marco Ferreri. “I think he’s modern. More than modern, in fact,” frequent collaborator Marcello . . . Read more »


Features

BLAST FROM THE PAST: DILLINGER IS DEAD

By David Thomson March 02, 2009

If Dillinger is dead, who will take revenge? There were movies once that began, “Custer is dead,” in which you could reckon that a lot of Indians were going to pay the price. This bizarre film . . . Read more »