Todo Modo

  • Italy/France, 1976, 132min

  • Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Gian Maria Volontè

Petri’s most complex film begins in frantic urgency with Italy gripped by an unknown epidemic. Against that backdrop, a group of government officials – led by the mysterious M (Volontè), in a blatant parody of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro – meet in an underground compound ostensibly for a religious retreat under the guidance of a Jesuit priest (Mastroianni). One by one, the men die under unexplained circumstances. Petri offers a searing critique of the ruling Christian Democracy party, which dominated Italian politics for a half century until it collapsed under the weight of corruption. Critic Gino Moliterno, in Senses of Cinema, wrote: “Todo Modo represents perhaps the most uncompromising example of Italian political cinema.”

1976 Golden Globes Italy, Best Actor and Best Actress Awards



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