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333 Fists in the Pocket

#1 Post by kekid » Wed Aug 03, 2005 11:53 pm

Fists in the Pocket

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Tormented by twisted desires, a young man takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions, in this astonishing debut from Marco Bellocchio. Characterized by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket 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.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

• On the DVD: Restored high-definition digital transfer
• On the Blu-ray: New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Marco Bellocchio, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Interviews from 2005 with Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, critic Tullio Kezich, and filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci
• New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini (Blu-ray only)
• Trailer
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by film critic Deborah Young and (with the DVD) an interview with Bellocchio

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#2 Post by backstreetsbackalright » Thu Aug 04, 2005 1:41 pm

kekid wrote:I will start by admitting that I have not seen Marco Bellochhio's debut film "Fists in the Pocket". But what I have read about it is fascinating, and it frustrates me that I cannot find it anywhere. Many of Bellochhio's works have been released on DVD, hence I wonder why this has not seen light yet. Any information will be appreciated.
I haven't seen it either. There's a PAL videotape that can be found periodically. (Seattle's Scarecrow Video carries it.) But I also feel like I'd read somewhere that it was due out on some import DVD. Course that might've just been a dream....

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#3 Post by david hare » Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:58 pm

I would love to see this and the 1967 Cina e Vicina (China is Near) get a Criterion (or MoC?) release. These were great exciting pictures from the same era that spawned Bertolucci and Skolomowski and they were highlights of that era. I have only seen two later films by Bellocchio, despite a prolific filmography - Diavolo in Corpo (Devil in the Flesh 1987) and Enrico Quattro (from the Pirandello 1985) and they are both quite dull, and surprisingly uninvolving. Anyone seen any others?

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#4 Post by jesus the mexican boi » Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:04 pm

I'm also eagerly awaiting FISTS IN THE POCKET, ever since seeing A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL and BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE. Lou Castel seemed to have a very unique presence in that era, something boyish but menacing (his character in the Damiani film is nicknamed "El Niño"). Who has the rights? Is this a possible NoShame title?

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#5 Post by kekid » Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:24 pm

It would be fantastic if Noshame was to pick this up. Do they have an e'mail address to send suggestions?

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#6 Post by Cinephrenic » Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:47 pm

Funny you've asked. I emailed JM a few weeks ago and he said that he can't discuss upcoming titles...blah blah. Maybe it is on the way.

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#7 Post by solent » Sat Aug 06, 2005 3:08 am

I love this film. I have the BFI VHS version which I bought from the UK three years ago. It plays well alongside contemporary works like BEFORE THE REVOLUTION but, unlike Berlolucci's film, Bellocchio's is more focussed on the family it portrays, like a play. In another sense it can be compared to any film about life in a small town or village e.g.: THE LAST PICTURE SHOW or PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME.

If you are desperate and must see it, it is still available from Sendit (on order) for 16 pounds.

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#8 Post by mikebowes » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:45 pm

For those of you in the Boston area, it's being screened twice at the end of the week at the Harvard Film Archives - www.harvardfilmarchive.org !

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#9 Post by zedz » Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:33 am

Fists in the Pocket is a great film: tense, nasty and claustrophobic (just like real family life!). I rate it much higher than Before the Revolution, which I can see would have pushed lots of the right buttons in the mid-sixties, but I don't think has aged particularly well (though Bertolucci fans should take whatever I say about his films with a pillar of salt).

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#10 Post by Matt » Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:27 pm

A dark and perverse portrait of family dysfunction, Fists in the Pocket stunned moviegoers and critics alike when it arrived on the scene in 1965—the feature debut of a then twenty-five-year old Marco Bellocchio. This award-winning work certainly heralded the arrival of a powerful filmmaking voice, and it continues to rank as a truly unique classic of Italian cinema.

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#11 Post by jesus the mexican boi » Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:49 pm

A big wow. This is one I've really been looking forward to, without ever truly believing it would be a Criterion release. I was terribly disappointed by DEVIL IN THE FLESH, not by NoShame's disc, but in the movie itself. Dull, unexpurgated blow jobs included. Hopes are much higher for this and the very young Lou Castel.

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#12 Post by Grimfarrow » Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:36 pm

YAY!!!!!

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#13 Post by kieslowski_67 » Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:41 pm

jesus the mexican boi wrote:A big wow. This is one I've really been looking forward to, without ever truly believing it would be a Criterion release. I was terribly disappointed by DEVIL IN THE FLESH, not by NoShame's disc, but in the movie itself. Dull, unexpurgated blow jobs included. Hopes are much higher for this and the very young Lou Castel.
Marco Bellocchio's most recent feature "Buongiorno, notte" (good morning, night) is outstanding and I can gurantee that you won't be disappointed.

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#14 Post by solent » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:21 pm

Now I can throw out my BFI video.

Has this ever officially been released in the US? I notice its a favourite with the bootleggers.

I hate to do this but...any chance of CHINA IS NEAR as well?

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#15 Post by jesus the mexican boi » Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:51 am

solent wrote:Has this ever officially been released in the US? I notice its a favourite with the bootleggers.
I don't think so. There was an RCA/Columbia release of "The Eyes, The Mouth" also starring Lou Castel and directed by Marco Bellocchio back in the 80s that surfaces from time to time.

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#16 Post by Gregory » Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:13 pm

Mmmm, early Morricone. What is the score like?

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#17 Post by yoshimori » Thu Dec 08, 2005 4:42 am

jesus the mexican boi wrote:There was an RCA/Columbia release of "The Eyes, The Mouth" also starring Lou Castel and directed by Marco Bellocchio back in the 80s that surfaces from time to time.
There's a 16x9 r2it DVD of "The Eyes, The Mouth" with English subtitles. Classic Bellocchio.

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#18 Post by Noir of the Night » Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:27 pm

I always thought there was something kind of off about the Criterion summary for the film (I think it was the use of the word certainly, it almost seemed like they were justifying the film's inclusion in a weird way). It seems Criterion would agree, seeing as the summary has changed.

"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. Charged by a 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. "

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#19 Post by Cinéslob » Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:25 pm

Perhaps I'm just unobservant, but I cannot remember this being the director-approved title that it now is, on Criterion's site. 'More' indeed...

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#20 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:23 am

Updated specs since the site returned.


- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- New video interviews with director Marco Bellocchio, actors Lou Castel and Paola Pitagora, editor Silvano Agosti, and critic Tullio Kezich
- Video afterward by Bernardo Bertolucci
- Original theatrical trailer
- New and improved English subtitle translation
-A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Deborah Young and an interview with Bellocchio

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#22 Post by otis » Wed Apr 12, 2006 1:40 pm

Review at slant:
Stunning. One of the cleanest, sleekest Criterion transfers I've seen in a while. There are hints of edge enhancement sprinkled throughout, but Alberto Marrama's cinematography pulsates with ferocious vibrancy. The mono Italian soundtrack is considerably less rewarding: The sounds of the echo-chamber bathroom in the film come through evocatively but I had to really pump up the volume on my system to get dialogue to register.

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#23 Post by Gordon » Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:57 pm

A blind buy for me, as this one sounds right up my alley!

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#24 Post by gubbelsj » Fri Apr 14, 2006 9:13 pm

I've wanted to track this film down ever since I read David Thomson's review of it a few years back in his New Biographical Dictionary of Film. He wrote;
Fists In the Pocket was one of the most striking debuts of the 1960s: a study of the incestuous mesh of a family of epileptics - passionate, neurotic, barbed, and destructive. Epilepsy served Bellocchio, as it had Dostoyevsky, as a sign of social decadence and family claustrophobia, and as the symptom of a distorted psychological nature. The central figure - played brilliantly by Lou Castel - is victim, hero, and destroyer, the life force running riot. How autobiographical is Fists In The Pocket? Bellocchio has confessed that the film was made to resolve many doubts about himself and his future. Furthermore, its intensity may have grown out of its necessary economy....If I hadn't had such a tight budget, Fists would have been a naturalistic film, with a more accurate sociological - that is, social - background. It would maybe have been after the style of a Renoir or a Becker film, in other words close to the French novelistic tradition which has always fascinated me. They say that hunger sharpens the mind.... There is no question but that the mood of pathology justified and sustained the trembling surrealist pitch of the imagery and forced Bellocchio to obtain wounded performances from his cast. The difficulties of a first feature seemed to merge creatively with the pain of a young person...
I respect Thompson, though I do not worship him, and this was enough for me to send several emails to JM asking specifically about this film. No doubt they already had it in the works when I got the standard "thank you for your suggestion..." reply, but what a pleasant surprise to see it appear on the Coming Soon page.

Incidentally, Thompson goes on to remark that Bellocchio later made a film called Gli Occhi, la Bocca / The Eyes, The Mouth, a sort-of sequel to Fists, also featuring Lou Castel, and incorporating footage of the earlier film into the main body. Thompson claims it's one of the finest films of the eighties. I had a brief hope Criterion might combine both films into a two-pack, but oh well. Has anybody seen The Eyes, The Mouth or know anything else about it?

A review of the dvd release from the Village Voice

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#25 Post by Gigi M. » Mon Apr 24, 2006 8:26 pm

Looks like a fine release. DVDTalk review.

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