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by Anselma Dell’Olio


Marco Ferreri: Dangerous but Necessary is a both supernatural and terrestrial journey into the unique cosmos of an author who chooses to treat the human being in his essential corporeal and behavioural nature. The film contains a selection of clips from his Spanish, Italian and French films, among which: El cochecito, La cagna, Dillinger è morto (Dillinger is dead) and La grande bouffe (The Big Feast). The controversial director reflects on his own reputation as “provocateur” which has always followed him, along with censorship, scandals, protests and success. In the archive material and the backstage footage of Istituto Luce, Rai Teche and French archives, many of which have never been seen before in Italy, we find his answers as well as those of his supporters (Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli). Hanna Schygulla, Isabelle Huppert, Andréa Ferreol, Ornella Muti, Sergio Castellitto tell of his unusual way of directing the actors. We also find the insider’s thoughts of his closer collaborators: the composer Philippe Sarde, the director Radu Mihaileanu, the production designer Dante Ferretti, and the authority of the mythical “Cahiers du cinéma,” Serge Toubiana. The film composes a mosaic-like portrait of cinematic production, films, character, thoughts and the poetic vision of an unclassifiable author.

international title: Dangerous But Necessary
original title: La lucida follia di Marco Ferreri
country: Italy
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Anselma Dell’Olio
film run: 77'
cinematography by: Alessio Iuso
film editing: Mabey Stuart
music: Alessandro Micalizzi
producer: Nicoletta Ercole, Flavia Parnasi
production: Nicomax Cinematografica, RAI Cinema, Les Films d'Ici
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà
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