Men or Not Men (1980)

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In Milan, in the winter of 1944, the ruthless Cane Nero leads the fascists against the partisans. Enne 2, one of the leading figures of the C.N.L., meets Berta, whom he loved three years ... See full summary »


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24 February 2020 | dierregi
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| Depressingly drab
Despite the stellar reputation of the novel this movie is based on, it was a painful experience to watch.

The main character is leading partisan Enne 2, a type of man I cannot stand anymore, the one who does not speak but grunts and seems incapable of stringing together a sentence. Otherwise known as the "strong and silent man " cliche.

Besides being inarticulate and in deeply enmeshed with the resistance fight against the Germans, in occupied Milan, Enne 2 has some unfinished sentimental business with ex-girlfriend Berta, whom he left three years previously. Berta is now married, but on the fence about leaving hubby for Enne 2.

In the meantime, Enne 2 underground cell is hitting the Germans and getting retaliation.

This sounds a lot more interesting and dynamic than the actual movie, which takes place in a semi deserted city, with a handful of actors moving in drab locations, with no soundtrack and minimal dialogues.

I guess the budget was very tight, consequently the result is a lacklustre, tensionless drama, despite the tragic plot.

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