Cinema and Photography

Discover Ugo Tognazzi

Join us this Saturday at the Castro!
For our 9th program at the Castro Theatre, we are proud to present Italian icon Ugo Tognazzi. As an actor, director and screenwriter, Tognazzi performed in over 150 films in the Golden Age of Italian Cinema. Together with Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi and NinoManfredi, Ugo Tognazzi invented and popularized the commedia all’italiana, a genre mixingcomedy and melancholy that swept the box office in Italy during the 1960s.
10:00am   Property is No Longer a Theft (La proprietà non è più un furto)

Dir. Elio Petri (1973, 127 min, Cinecittà 35 mm, Titanus)
12:45pm   Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo) 

 Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci (1981, 116 min, Cinecittà, 35 mm, Warner Bros)
3:30pm     In the Name of the Italian People (In nome del popolo italiano)

 Dir. Dino Risi (1971, 102 min, Cinecittà 35 mm, Rialto)
6:30pm      La Cage aux Folles (Birds of a Feather)

 Dir. Édouard Molinaro (1978, 97 min, 35 mm, Park Circus, in French and Italian with         English subtitles)
8:30-10pm |The Big Feast Party
10:00pm    La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast)

 Dir. Marco Ferreri (1973 129 min, Cinecittà 35 mm, Drafthouse)



Property is No Longer a Theft 
La proprietà non è più un furto

Directed by Elio Petri
Screenplay by Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro
With Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci, Daria Nicolodi.
In Italian with English subtitles
Italy, 1973, 127 min.
In the early 1970s, the revolutionary Red Brigade waged its terrifying campaign to bring down Italy through kidnappings, murders, and bank robberies. Elio Petri made this proto-giallo, Brechtian satire about a neurotic bank clerk (Flavio Bucci) who commits to a Marxist life of thievery, choosing as his principal target a client known as The Butcher (Ugo Tognazzi).

Archival 35 mm film print from Luce Cinecittà. Courtesy of Titanus.

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man 

La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo

Directed and written by Bernardo Bertolucci

With Ugo Tognazzi, Anouk Aimée, Laura Morante.
In Italian with English subtitles.
Italy, 1981, 116 min.

Tognazzi gives the performance of his career as the impotent, “ridiculous” man in Bertolucci’s extraordinary late-period film, about the anguished relationship between a failing industrialist and his son, who is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists under mysterious circumstances.

Archival 35 mm film print from Luce Cinecittà. Courtesy of Warner Bros.
In the Name of the Italian People 
In nome del popolo italiano

Directed by Dino Risi
Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci Furio Scarpelli

With Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Ely Galleani.
In Italian with English subtitles.
Italy, 1971, 102 min.
Set in early 1970s Rome, a city of rotting garbage and moral decay, this rarely screened piece of political buffoonery stars Vittorio Gassman as a vainglorious industrialist who would sooner commit his father to an insane asylum than face charges in the murder of a young girl. His foil, played by Ugo Tognazzi, is the cynically bemused magistrate bent on holding him accountable not only for this sordid crime, but for the venal sins of an entire populace.
Archival 35 mm film print from Luce Cinecittà. Courtesy of Rialto Pictures.

La Cage aux Folles  

Birds of a Feather

Directed by Édouard Molinaro
Screenplay by Jean Poiret, Francis Veber, Édouard Molinaro, Marcello Danon.
With Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier.
France/Italy, 1978, 97 min.
In Italian with English subtitles.

An international blockbuster that begat two sequels and a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, La Cage was adapted from Jean Poiret’s warm-and-winning stage farce about a pair of aging queens-Renato, owner of a scandalous St. Tropez nightclub (Tognazzi), and Albin (Serrault), his transvestite “roommate”-who, through a series of exquisitely timed comic set pieces, attempt to conceal their gay “lifestyle” from the ultraconservative soon-to-be in-laws of Renato’s son.
DCP print. Courtesy of Park Circus.
La Grande Bouffe
The Big Feast

Directed and written by Marco Ferreri
With Ugo Tognazzi, Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli.
In French with English subtitles.
France/Italy, 1973, 129 min.

A pilot (Mastroianni), a cook (Tognazzi), a TV star (Piccoli) and a judge decide to gorge themselves to death on fine cuisine. Ferreri’s notorious orgy of Rabelaisian appetites brings

together some of Europe’s greatest actors for a defiantly scatological Last Supper.
Archival 35 mm film print from Luce Cinecittà. Courtesy of Drafthouse.

Screenings: $13.00 per admission
La Cage aux Folles screening: $15.00 per admission

Party: $25.00 per admission
Festival Pass (all films + party): $70.00 per pass
 Get ready for your Saturday immersion!

Join us for the screening of the documentary

Ritratto di mio padre (Portrait of my Father)  (2010), 87 min. DVD courtesy of Surf.

Directed by Tognazzi’s daughter, Maria Sole, the film is an affectionate tribute revealing the complicated brilliance of Ugo Tognazzi, both as a famous actor and as a family man, through rare home movies, film clips and on-set footage, and warm and witty remembrances by his children Ricky, Gianmarco, Thomas, and his close collaborators Mario Monicelli, Ettore Scola, Michel Piccoli, Laura Morante, Valeria Golino, among others.

Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi
Screenplay: Manuela Tempesta, Maria Sole Tognazzi
Length: 85min.
Language: Italian with English subtitles


Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm
The Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F (Opera Plaza)