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Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Brutti, sporchi e cattivi

Genre: Comedy/Drama
Country: Italy
Year: 1976
Duration: 115 min

Director: Ettore Scola
Scenario: Sergio Citti, Ruggero Maccari, Ettore Scola

Cast: Nino Manfredi, Francesco Anniballi, Maria Bosco, Giselda Castrini, Beryl Cunningham, Maria Luisa Santella

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection


The stingy patriarch, Nino Manfredi, is personally wealthy but morally bankrupt, and his repulsive view of life trickles down to every member of his clan. Not content with corrupting his own flesh and blood, Manfredi spreads his philosophy throughout his village, where he functions as slumlord. By the time Manfredi’s wife and sons begin plotting his murder, the audience is ready for a long, cold shower, with plenty of soap. A bleak film heavily laden with humor, Down & Dirty won Ettore Scola a Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.


He entered the film industry as a screenwriter in 1953, and directed his first movie, Let’s Talk About Women, in 1964. In 1974 Scola enjoyed international success with We All Loved Each Other So Much (C’eravamo tanto amati), a wide fresco of post-World War II Italy life and politics, dedicated to fellow director Vittorio De Sica. Since then Ettore Scola has made several successful films, including A Special Day (1977), That Night In Varennes (1982), What Time Is It? (1989) and Captain Fracassa’s Journey (1990). Ettore Scola has directed close to 40 films in some 40 years, and he is still active.


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