The Death Of Mario Ricci

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This oddly constructed film set in a quiet French-Swiss village, centers, in a roundabout way, on the death of a local worker named Mario Ricci. Gian-Maria Volonte stars as a crippled television journalist who, along with young director Jean-Michele Dupuis, travels to the village where famed scientist and world hunger expert Heinz Bennent lives. In the...read more

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This oddly constructed film set in a quiet French-Swiss village, centers, in a roundabout way, on the death of a local worker named Mario Ricci. Gian-Maria Volonte stars as a crippled television journalist who, along with young director Jean-Michele Dupuis, travels to the village where

famed scientist and world hunger expert Heinz Bennent lives. In the process Volonte hears the story of Ricci, a motorcyclist who was fatally injured in an accident with a car. Volonte becomes increasingly involved in the incident, overhearing additional details and meeting with those who knew

Ricci. Volonte and Dupuis' week-long visit to the town takes a romantic turn when they become involved with village women--waitress Magalia Noel and the scientist's assistant, Mimsy Farmer. It is also through this one-week visit that Volonte comes to terms with his recent handicap and discovers

the meaning of his own life. Expertly directed by Goretta (THE INVITATION, [1973] and THE LACEMAKER [1977]), THE DEATH OF MARIO RICCI (originally released in 1983) is a tour de force for Volonte, who is perhaps best known in America for his roles in the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns A FISTFUL OF

DOLLARS (1964) and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1966). Volonte's performance was recognized at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, where he received the prize for Best Actor. Originally released in 1983. (In Italian; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: NR
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