Friday, August 31, 2012
|7:00 p.m.||Drama of Jealousy|
Ettore Scola (Italy/Spain, 1970)
(Dramma della gelosia—tutti i particolari in cronaca, a.k.a. The Pizza Triangle). Monica Vitti turns her Antonioni-honed angst to parodic purposes in this antic avant-farce that mocks both romantic melodrama and fashionable Marxism. Vitti plays one point of an irregular triangle with feckless leftist bricklayer Marcello Mastroianni and sullen pizza maker Giancarlo Giannini; their tormented relationships play out against a backdrop of political protests, rubble piles, plastic-trash-strewn beaches, and modern wastelands to make Antonioni jealous. With a convoluted structure and a script spiked with intentional clichés and Brechtian interruptions—the actors periodically address the camera to contradict the hyperbolic pronouncements of the offscreen narrator—Drama of Jealousy doesn’t just satirize narrative excess, but celebrates it.
• Written by Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Scola. Photographed by Carlo Di Palma. With Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Giancarlo Giannini, Manuel Zarzo. (107 mins, In Italian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Cinecittà Luce S.p.A.)