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Il Disordine

1962 : Il Disordine
Le Désordre
De Franco Brusati
Avec Antonella Lualdi, Curd Jurgens & Alida Valli.
Louis Jourdan ans le rôle de Tom.

Synopsis : Cette nuit-là, Yvan, Anne et Henri, un groupe de tout jeunes gens liés par la musique qu'ils font ensemble, ont décidé d'aller voler dans un magasin les instruments dont leur groupe a besoin. Mais le propriétaire les surprend. Ils ont bu, ils ont peur, ils veulent se défendre, ils le tue. A partir de cette nuit-là leur destin bascule, ainsi que celui de leurs proches, complices involontaires du drame

Movie Review
The New York Times
Il Disordine (1962)
May 26, 1964
Screen: State of 'Disorder':Italian Import Arrives at Paris Theater
By Bosley Crowther
Published: May 26, 1964

"DISORDER" is indeed an apt description of the rambling and ridiculous goings-on in the Italian film of that title that opened at the Paris yesterday. Put it down as a dismal imitation of "La Dolce Vita"—without a theme.

What it offers — and this is all it offers — is a series of aimless episodes in which a semi-moronic bartender is more or less casually involved.

In the first, he is a back-stairs observer of a dour domestic drama in a handsome home. The papa is dying up-stairs in his baronial bedroom while the son is throwing a ball downstairs, the daughter is taking it badly and the mama is having the vapors from worrying about her husband's mistresses. It adds up to strictly nothing — just a turgid and transient episode.

In the next one, our boy knows a fellow who, it turns out, is being kept by an older man with a curiously licentious and untidy set of friends. Again, it adds up to strictly nothing — or, at best, a pallid irony.

And, in the third, he gets mixed up with a character he thinks is a kind-hearted priest intent upon helping his poor, sick mother, only to find out that the fellow is a fraud — an imposter with kindly delusions — who is preyed upon by chattering prostitutes.

Possibly, Franco Brusati, who directed and helped write this muck, thought he was stating something trenchant about the decadence of society. Or perhaps he was simply attempting to slip some provocative dirt onto the screen. He has failed in either case. His social comment — if that's what it is — is flat, and his presumably sensational situations are obvious and dull.

Renato Salvatori plows his way through the whole thing as the well-intending but stupid bartender who can't quite get his mother out of the hospital. Others who have the better fortune of working only in episodes are Curt Jurgens, Susan Strasberg, Alida Valli, Louis Jourdan, Georges Wilson and several more.

Indicative of the disorder is the fact that the dubbed Italian dialogue is so badly synchronized and translated that at times there are English subtitles for no spoken words.

The Cast
DISORDER, screenplay by Franco Brusati and Francesco Ghedini; directed by Mr. Brusati and produced by Giuseppe Bodogni for Titanus-Societe Nouvelle Pathe Films. A Pathe-Contemporary release. At the Paris Theater, Fifth Avenue and 58th Street. Running time: 105 minutes.
Tom . . . . . Louis Jourdan
Isabella . . . . . Susan Strasberg
The Father . . . . . Curt Jurgens
The Mother . . . . . Alida Valli
The Priest . . . . . Georges Wilson
Carlo . . . . . Samy Frey
Mario . . . . . Renato Salvatori
Andrea . . . . . Jean Sorel
Mall . . . . . Antonella Lualdi
Bruno . . . . . Tomas Milla