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<i>I Giorni Contati</i>. 1962. Italy. Directed by Elio Petri. Courtesy of National Cinema Museum, Turin
  • I giorni contati

    1962. Italy. Elio Petri. 99 min.

Introduced by Alberto Barbera

Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • I giorni contati

    1962. Italy. Directed by Elio Petri. Screenplay by Petri, Tonino Guerra, Carlo Romano. With Salvo Randone, Franco Sportelli, Regina Bianchi, Lando Buzzanca, Paolo Ferrari. Never released in the United States, I giorni contati is nonetheless considered Elio Petri’s first masterpiece, anticipating The 10th Victim and Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. A remarkable fusion of neo-realism and symbolic, dream-like imagery, the film (whose title is roughly translated as Numbered Days) begins when a solitary plumber witnesses a man his own age die on a tram. Driven to make most of his life, he abandons his job and wanders throughout the city—whose streets are shot with an Antonioni-like existentialism—encountering old friends, a former love, a young girl, and a street artist, but seemingly unable to shake off his sense of anxiety and disillusionment. Preserved by the National Museum of Cinema, Turin. Introduced by Alberto Barbera, Director of the National Museum of Cinema, Turin, and Artistic Director of the Venice Film Festival. In Italian; English subtitles. 99 min.