Film: Todo Modo

Todo Modo

Wednesday, October 19; 7:00 p.m.

@ The West End Museum.

1976; Drama; Rated R; Italian (English Subtitles); Director: Elio Petri;
Stars Gian Maria Volontè, Marcello Mastroianni, Mariangela Melato

A metaphysical mystery based on the novel by Leonardo Sciascia, Todo Modo offers a not-so-veiled critique of Christian Democratic political power. In the film, Italy’s most successful politicians go on a monastic retreat at the convent of Don Gaetano (Mastroianni) to contemplate their notable careers and secretly devise a new power structure. Chief among them is the president (Volonte), a supposedly pious, modest man consumed by ambition and guilt. After a series of mysterious crimes, the consortium becomes divided and, ultimately, depleted. Shortly after its original release in Italy, Todo Modo was banned—according to some Italian newspapers—for being a threat to the re-election of Aldo Moro, who was later kidnapped and assassinated.

Screening is FREE. (suggested donation $5)

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