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Bernardo Bertolucci

La commare seca (The Grim Reaper)

Director Bernardo Bertolucci Composer Piero Piccioni Cast Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora
Edition 1978
88' - 1962 - Crime, Mystery, Drama - Dialogue: Italian

Under a broad bridge on the ill-lit banks of Rome's silent Tiber River, a hapless prostitute lies dead. Six prime suspects and their distinctly different stories become inextricably intertwined, as an impoverished purse-snatcher; a suave former thief; two friends and penniless Casanovas; an impulsive young soldier, and a mysterious man in clogs tell their versions of what happened that fateful night near the quiet Paolino Park. Now, amid a heterogeneous group of potential killers, who all have something to hide, only one man is capable of committing such a hideous crime. Will he get away with murder?

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Bernardo Bertolucci


Piero Piccioni


Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora


Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Citti, Pier Paolo Pasolini

Director of Photography

Giovanni Narzisi


Nino Baragli


Tonino Cervi

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Bernardo Bertolucci
The Death of a Pig (short, 1956), The Cable (short, 1956), The Grim Reaper (1962), Before the Revolution (1964), Il canale (short, 1966), Partner (1968), Amore e rabbia (1969), The Conformist (1970), The Spider's Stratagem (1970), La salute è malata (short, 1971), Last Tango in Paris (1972), 1900 (1976), Luna (1979), Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981), Farewell to Enrico Berlinguer (1984), The Last Emperor (1987), 12 Directors for 12 Cities (1989), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), Stealing Beauty (1996), Besieged (1998), Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002), The Dreamers (2003), Me and You (2012), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)