"Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man"
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
The seriocomic tale of
a sudden kidnapping that jolts a family into togetherness. Ugo Tognazzi portrays the rich
Parma dairy farmer forced to sell his possessions to meet the ransom demanded by the
terrorist gang holding his son. Bertolucci examines the siege mentality of Italy's leftist
brigades and strips the mask off family dynamics hidden behind webs of deceit. "The
best Bertolucci movie
in a long time. The best treatment of the generation gap
between a father and son that I have yet seen" (Andrew Sarris).