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Anna Maria (segment "Illibatezza")
Bruce Balaban ...
Joe (segment "Illibatezza")
Maria Pia Schiaffino ...
Air hostess (segment "Illibatezza")
Jean-Marc Bory ...
Husband (segment "Il nuovo mondo") (as Jean Marc Bory)
Alexandra Stewart ...
Alexandra (segment "Il nuovo mondo")
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The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
Mario Cipriani ...
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The 'Diva' (segment "La ricotta")
Edmonda Aldini ...
Another diva (segment "La ricotta")
Ettore Garofolo ...
Angel (segment "La ricotta")
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Togni (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
Lisa Gastoni ...
Togni's wife (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
Ricky Tognazzi ...
The son (segment "Il pollo ruspante") (as Riky Tognazzi)
Antonella Taito ...
The daughter (segment "Il pollo ruspante")
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This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. Godard's 'New World' ('Il Nuovo Mondo') illustrates a post-apocalypse world the same as the pre-apocalyptic one but for an enigmatic change in attitude in most people, including the central character's girlfriend. In Pasolini's 'Curd Cheese' ('La Ricotta'), a lavish film about the life of Jesus Christ is being made in a poor area. The impoverished people subject themselves to various indignities in the name of moviemaking in order to win a little food. The central character is hoisted up on a cross for filming, and dies there. Finally comes Gregoretti's 'Free Range Chicken' ('Il Pollo Ruspante') in which a family of the materialist culture inadvertantly illustrate the cynical, metallic voiced doctrine of a top sales theorist. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Orson Welles, who portrays a director directing a Biblical epic in this film's 'La Ricotta' story, coincidentally had directed himself in his own scenes in an actual Biblical epic, David and Goliath (1960). Welles, who portrays a king in the Biblical epic David and Goliath (1960), also narrates another Biblical epic, King of Kings (1961). Welles even narrates a portion of the Biblical work The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (1979) as well. See more »

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An Italian Masterwork
14 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rosselini's "Chastity" deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. Godard's "New World" illustrates a post-apocalypse world the same as the pre-apocalyptic one but for an enigmatic change in attitude in most people, including the central character's girlfriend. In Pasolini's "Curd Cheese", a lavish film about the life of Jesus Christ is being made in a poor area. The impoverished people subject themselves to various indignities in the name of movie-making in order to win a little food. The central character is hoisted up on a cross for filming, and dies there. Finally comes Gregoretti's "Free Range Chicken" in which a family of the materialist culture inadvertently illustrate the cynical, metallic voiced doctrine of a top sales theorist.

If IMDb is to be believed, not too many people have actually seen this film. And I have to wonder why, when it has three or four of the biggest names in Italian cinema, not to mention Orson Welles. This makes a great introduction to Italian film for those who need such an introduction. Others have compared it to "Four Rooms", which is an interesting parallel. Stylistically, the two have nothing in common, but it does have that interesting approach of four different directors creating one film...


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