I Complessi (episodio Guglielmo Il Dentone)

Luigi Filippo D'Amico

Int. tit.: Complexes. Sog., Scen.: Rodolfo Sonego, Alberto Sordi. F.: Mario Montuori. M.: Roberto Cinquini. Scgf.: Luciano Spadoni. Mus.: Armando Trovajoli. Int.: Alberto Sordi (Guglielmo Bertone), Romolo Valli (Francesco Martello), Gaia Germani, Franco Fabrizi, Nanni Loy, Alessandro Cutolo, Vincenzo Talarico, Edy Campagnoli, Leo Wollemborg, Nanda Primavera, Alicia e Ellen Kessler, Lelio Luttazzi, Silvio Battistini, Mario Frera, Renato Terra (se stessi). Prod.: Gianni Hecht Lucari per Documento Film, S.P.C.E. 35mm. D.: 38′. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Guglielmo Bertone is an unusual character compared with the miserable, cowardly types that Sordi portrayed in comedies of the Sixties. He is brilliant and determined, with an extraordinary education and despite a horribly pronounced overbite he makes progress in the selection for a newsreader at Rai, the national broadcasting company, ousting most of the highly recommended candidates and dodging every attempt by the board to eliminate him. The episode celebrates television as a new mass mythology and was made with the aim of uncovering the production system and the most well-known faces of the time (from Nanni Loy to the Kessler twins, from professor Cutolo to Lelio Luttazzi). The narration is based on an ironic twist: the ‘complessi’ (complexes) are not Guglielmo’s, who is apparently unaware of his own considerable physical defect, but instead they belong to those who make the selection, who are not able in any way to overcome his “diabolical guile”.

Alice Autelitano

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