Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Il Boom

1963, Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 88 min. With Alberto Sordi, Gianna Maria Canale.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 29th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 30th 7:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 1st 3:30pm
  • Mon, Oct 2nd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 3rd 8:15pm
  • Wed, Oct 4th 8:30pm
  • Thu, Oct 5th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"How did this one get overlooked?...vibrant, funny, and disturbing." — Bilge Eberi, Village Voice

"Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist IL BOOM manages to walk." — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The idiom "I'd give my right eye for..." gets a blackly humorous literalization in this slashing satire that has been hailed as a major rediscovery since receiving its first-ever U.S. release this year. Created by the legendary team of director De Sica and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, it boasts the same keen social observation and richly humanistic characterizations that marked their neorealist classics BICYCLE THIEVES and UMBERTO D, but it also effectively expands their range into the realms of Kafkaesque parable and over-the-top, nearly surreal farce. The hero, Giovanni (played by comic star Sordi), is a creature of Italy's consumption-crazy postwar prosperity. Overspending wildly to impress his pampered spouse, he finds himself hopelessly in debt...until a bizarre bargain is proposed to him by the wife of a wealthy industrialist. In Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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