I mostri (15 from Rome – Opiate ’67). 1963. Italy/France. Directed by Dino Risi. Screenplay by Agenore Incrocci, Ruggero Maccari, Elio Petri, Dino Risi, Furio Scarpelli, Ettore Scola. With Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi. In Italian; English subtitles. 118 min.
“The ultimate Italian omnibus film, with no fewer than 20 episodes depicting, as director Dino Risi put it, ‘a distrust in humanity’ resulting from the Italian economic boom of the late 1950s. Ugo Tognazzi and Vittorio Gassman interpret a variety of human monsters, from princes to prizefighters, in brief, satirical sketches that spare no one, including the viewer. Released in the United States in a radically shortened version, I mostri is back—at some 31 minutes longer—in the full fury of its original Italian release” (Dave Kehr). New 35mm print from Luce Cinecittà. Digital restoration Cineteca di Bologna and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino in collaboration with Surf Film, Lyon Film, RTI Gruppo Mediaset. Courtesy Janus Film, the official current US distributor.