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Fists in the Pocket
Directed by Marco Bellocchio • 1965 • Italy
Starring Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé
Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. With its coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, FISTS IN THE POCKET (I PUGNI IN TASCA) was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.