Marco Ferreri

Dillinger Is Dead

Dillinger Is Dead

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

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Special 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

Dillinger Is Dead
Cast
Michel Piccoli
Man
Anita Pallenberg
His wife
Gino Lavagetto
Colleague
Carla Petrillo
Woman in home movie
Mario Jannilli
Violinist in home movie
Annie Girardot
Sabina, the maid
Credits
Director
Marco Ferreri
Screenplay
Marco Ferreri
Screenplay
Sergio Bazzini
Producer
Ever Haggiag
Producer
Alfred Levy
Music
Teo Usuelli
Cinematography
Mario Vulpiani
Editing
Mirella Mercio
Art director
Nicola Tamburo
Sound
Carlo Diotallevi

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