A metaphysical mystery based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia, Todo modo is the most curious and puzzling of Petri’s films and offers a not-so-veiled critique of Christian Democratic political power. Italy’s most successful politicians go on a monastic retreat at the convent of Don Gaetano to contemplate their notable careers and secretly devise a new power structure. After a series of mysterious crimes, the consortium becomes divided and, ultimately, depleted. The film’s unabashed leftist politics are given vivid articulation through the work of noted production designer Dante Ferretti.
Director: Elio Petri. AKA One Way or Another.
Writers: Leonardo Sciascia (novel), Elio Petri (screenplay), Berto Pelosso (collaborator).
Stars: Gian Maria Volonté, Marcello Mastroianni, Mariangela Melato, Ciccio Ingrassia, Tino Scotti, Franco Citti, Renato Salvatori, Cesare Gelli, Giancarlo Badessi, Mario Bartoli, Adriano Amidei Migliano, Michel Piccoli, Guerrino Crivello, Nito Costa, Marcello Di Falco, Aldo Farina, Giulio Donnini, Giuseppe Leone, Renato Malavasi, Riccardo Mangano, Piero Mazzinghi, Lino Murolo, Piero Nuti, Loris Pereira Lopez, Riccardo Satta, Lugi Uzzo, Luigi Zerbinati.
Cinematographer: Luigi Kuveiller.
Composer: Ennio Morricone.
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English, Spanish & Portuguese subtitles all resynched by me for this rip. Surprisingly still not available on Bluray despite having been restored almost 10 years ago. Enjoy!
Haven’t seen this since 1977, curious to revisit it! Whatever Petri’s trying to say about Italian politics and Catholicism is too specific to the time & place for me to understand, but it’s an extraordinary artistic vision, quite unlike any other film I’ve ever seen.