I watched in Italy when it came out, I was really young then, i loved it. I really enjoied to watch it again after so many years, it is an interesting portrait of Italy from the end of the war to the late seventies, it helps to understand the beautiful incougruities of my motherland and its anomaly that really goes back to fascism and second world war. The movie is hyper-dramatized, very theatrical, great actors, many coming from theater indeed, very interesting sound track and general use of sound. I am glad I watched it again.
This film, about the plight of destitute Italians and their aspirations, left an unsettling feeling about the futility of politics. The only one who escaped this retched demimonde was the would-be nun novice, now a flight attendant.
Certainly the god child of Pasolini, De Sica, and Rossellini, Schroeter exposes you to the Lower Depths. Even the scarlet woman at the end cannot breathe, probably a victim of tuberculosis.
On a technical note, the sound was dropped for about thirty minutes in the film’s midsection. Glad to have subtitles,,,,,