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The Anger (La Rabbia)
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Written and Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovannino Guareschi
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,
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.