In prison awaiting trial filmed with a documentary slant, is an act of political recrimination against the barbarian institute of preventive detention, made in a grotesque realistic style to better denounce treatments against the humanity sense towards prisoners conditions.The camera moves nervous and frantic. Nanny Loy, captures rapid and stirred images, inspired by a crude realism in an horror tension crescendo, underlined by an icy music that leads him to tread the hand on the grotesque side but at the same time the denunciation is equally effective without causing any loss to the spectacularity of the movie.
Giuseppe Di Noi (Alberto Sordi) an Italian land surveyor who has lived in Sweden for the past seven years, decides to take a short vacation and return to Italy to introduce it to his wife and children, but at the France-Italy border something unexpected happens. After the customary checks he is carried out by the border police and was arrested and loaded onto a car. Thus begins a nightmarish kafkian experience while he is moved from one prison to another, suffering all sorts of violence and humiliation. Di Noi worried for the family but above all for not knowing the reason of the arrest, is conducted first in a Milan jail where he tried in every way to be told what the charge was but where no one pronounced himself , until the moment of his transfer at Regina Coeli prison in Rome, where it turns out that he is accused of intentional manslaughter against a person that him actually does not know.
Color photography, always so dark, it only lights up to focus on the south's colors and the poignant soundtrack that accompanies the descent into the underworld of protagonist have a dark tone too. In the end what remains impressed is the face of a broken man, prey of a nervous breakdown unable even to sign or light a cigarette. One of the memorable works interpreted by Alberto Sordi.
In Prison Awaiting Trial
director NANNY LOY
director of photography SERGIO D'OFFIZI
cast ALBERTO SORDI, ELGA ANDERSEN, ANDREA AURELI, LINO BANFI, ANTONIO CASAGRANDE
words SILVIA GAIA MARCELLI
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