Italian Film Festival

I pugni in tasca – Fists in the Pocket

Info: Italy, 1965, 108 mins

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Marco Bellocchio

Cast: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé


  • Saturday January 5, 2019 - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday January 9, 2019 - 2:30 pm

“One of the reasons people still remember Italian cinema as a great and powerful force. It dropped like a bomb on the quiet world of mid-sixties Italian cinema.” Deborah Young

Tormented by twisted desires, a young man (Lou Castel, Look Up) takes drastic measures to rid his grotesquely dysfunctional family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema.

New 4K restoration.