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The Anger (La Rabbia)

review by Zach B.

 
 

Not Rated

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Written and Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovannino Guareschi

 

 

Studio: Rarovideo

Retail Price: $29.98

Features: The Anger 1, The Anger 2, The Anger 3... Arabia, Le Mura de Sana'a Short Film, Trailers

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, Italian Mono, English Subtitles, Chapters (24 Chapters)

Released: July 26th, 2011

 
 


Featuring an uncut and restored version from the Cinemateque of Bologna, The Anger is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. This transfer is not perfect, but for a movie that is nearly 50 years, the results are quite good. The film's black-and-white cinematography looks pretty crisp for the most part, while the overall image quality retains a certian sharpness. Granted, some portions are grainier and dirtier than others — so expect plenty of blemishes and scratches. Still, it is to be expected — especially given all the documentary footage. This is more of a movie about its content than visual style though, so there aren't really any qualms to be had.

 


The Anger features an Italian mono track, that sounds like its spread across two speakers. The narration from the directors is clear and easy to hear, while the musical cues have some power and sound a bit bright. Other sound elements are effective, and I did not detect any overt flaws: nothing tinny, hollow, muffled or scratchy.

English subtitles are included.

 


The centerpiece of the bonus material is a 62 minute documentary entitled The Anger 1, The Anger 2, The Anger 3... Arabia, directed by Tatti Sanguineti (who also appears on camera). It's hard to fully articulate what's included here, but Italian cinema experts — and those who even have ties to the film — are interviewed here, as they tell The Anger's complex history. The film's production is covered, as well as its strained release history (the film, as originally intended, never had a chance). This is a very comprehensive supplementary piece, and a must see for anyone who sees and can appreciate The Anger

Unfortunately, it is in non-anamorphic widescreen, but Pier Paolo Pasolini's 17 minute short film Le Mura de Sana'a is a must watch. It's a pretty-looking and colorful (both visually and in content) documentary on Sana'a, the capital city of Yemen, which was facing a growing crisis of its own.

There are no less than FIVE Theatrical Trailers for the film. It's pretty fascinating to see how different the trailers are in tone — they're definitely aimed at different audiences. Finally, Rarovideo has included a terrific booklet inside the DVD keep case with biographies, interviews, commentaries and even comments on the trailers. Well worth delving into.


Die-hard film buffs, especially those who love foreign films, should certainly look into The Anger. Never before released in the United States, this is a pretty engaging documentary from Italy that focuses on major issues and topics of the 1950s and 1960s from differing political sides. The film looks and sounds good considering its age, and the supplements — namely the included documentary — prove to be worthy companions to the actual film. You know who you are if this sounds like your cup of tea.