Marco Bellocchio

Fists in the Pocket

Fists in the Pocket

Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.

Film Info

  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Italy
  • 1965
  • 108 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #333

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, and critic Tullio Kezich
  • Video afterword by director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Deborah Young and an interview with Bellocchio

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse and Peter Grant

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

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50 Discs

$650.00

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, and critic Tullio Kezich
  • Video afterword by director Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Deborah Young and an interview with Bellocchio

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse and Peter Grant

Fists in the Pocket
Cast
Lou Castel
Alessandro
Paola Pitagora
Giulia
Marino Masé
Augusto
Liliana Gerace
Mother
Pierluigi Troglio
Leone
Jenny MacNeil
Lucia
Credits
Director
Marco Bellocchio
Screenplay
Marco Bellocchio
Producer
Enzo Doria
Cinematography
Alberto Marrama
Editing
Silvano Agosti
Music
Ennio Morricone
Production manager
Ugo Novello
Art direction
Gisella Longo

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Fists in the Pocket: Ripped to Shreds

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Ennio Morricone

Composer

After making a name for himself scoring spaghetti westerns, Ennio Morricone went on to work with some of the most renowned European and Hollywood moviemakers of all time in a career that has spanned five decades. The maestro was born in Rome and educated in trumpet and choral music at Italy’s National Academy of Santa Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, during World War II. Early in his career, he wrote background music for radio dramas, composed classical pieces, and performed in jazz bands, but it was his sixties movie scores for Sergio Leone—specifically his now ubiquitous woodwindy wah-wah for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—that put him on the international map. Thanks to the iconic themes from these films, Morricone would be commissioned to write music for more than forty other westerns, but he would also work with such filmmakers as Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket), Gillo Pontecorvo (The Battle of Algiers), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò), and, when he began scoring American films, Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven), Samuel Fuller (White Dog), Brian De Palma (The Untouchables), and John Carpenter (The Thing). Moving easily between B movies and prestige films, adventure and romance, Morricone has remained one of cinema’s most adventurous, active, and versatile composers.