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Elio Petri: Todo Modo

Elio Petri’s tendency towards obfuscation stepped up yet another gear with Todo modo (76), which is one of the strangest films ever made. Set in the near future, it delineates an Italian society that is run by a coalition between powerful industries, the ‘party’ and – above all – the Catholic Church.


Ugo Tognazzi ddisplays his meat in Property Is No Longer Theft

Elio Petri: Property is no Longer a Theft

If The Working Class Goes to Heaven was a pretty idiosyncratic affair, Elio Petri’s next film, Property is no Longer a Theft (La proprietà non è più un furto, 73) is simply bonkers.


Gian Maria Volonte in his normal restrained mode in The Working Class Goes to Heaven

Elio Petri: The Working Class Go To Heaven

Volonté and Petri joined forces again for 1971’s The Working Class Goes to Heaven and, impressively, they managed to concoct something that was even more hysterical than Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion.





Satire... or premonition? Ursula Andress in The Tenth Victim

Elio Petri: The Tenth Victim

Based on a novel by Robert Sheckley, The Tenth Victim represented a marked sea change in Elio Petri’s oeuvre. Gone was the low key, wry approach of his former films: this is a brash, colorful production that exudes extravagance from it’s every pore.