La commare secca (The Grim Reaper)

Media: Streaming Only
Author/Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

The Italian police (faceless, nameless and credit-less from start to finish) are investigating the death of a prostitute in a park near the Tiber river.  This means interrogating everybody who was in that park the previous night.  They have five suspects; we get five stories. Canticchia, a scruffy purse-snatcher taking a short cut home through the park. Bostelli, a suave, ladykiller sponger hiding suspiciously in the bushes. Teodoro, a half-wit soldier, asleep on the park bench. Francolicchio and Pipito, a pair of spotty herberts desperate for money to impress their dates, picked up by an older man with money. A nameless creep in clogs completes the set, running off with something under his jacket. Under the interrogation room’s spot-lamp, the suspects tell their versions of the day’s events, yet we learn nothing from their casual lies.

More Information:
MTLC ID: 5785
Wallace Catalog Number: b2199545