Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Battleship Potemkin, Italian style

Despite being a great lover of cinema, which I fully consider an art form, I've never seen Battleship Potemkin. Above you will find one of the reasons- I was negatively affected in my youth.

Much-put-upon Fantozzi (Paolo Villaggio) finally rebels at a company-mandated viewing of the Russian classic, famously calling it una cagata pazzesca (an incredible load of crap) in front of the entire audience. He then becomes a folk hero to his fellow workers, and together they burn the reels of the film. In retaliation, they are given the Dantesque punishment of having to re-enact the baby-carriage scene every Saturday afternoon until they are eligible for retirement. Fantozzi naturally gets the starring role.