Dillinger is Dead

Directed by Marco Ferreri (Criterion)

Criterion Collection is the shit. We all know it. They consistently re-release films everybody should know about but nobody does. Case in point: the 1969 Italian film Dillinger is Dead (Dillinger è morto). It's a bizarre film, without a whole lot of plot, full of rambling scenes that seem to go on forever. That said, the film is intensely engaging and, as a whole, enjoyable. The film is about a night off for a gas mask manufacturer (Michel Piccoli). He makes dinner, tends to his sick wife, macks on the maid and finds an old revolver wrapped up in newspapers heralding the death of John Dillinger. Building in sequences, the film grows increasingly stranger, but by the end it forms a mad, compelling whole. Criterion, you magnificent bastards, you've done it again.

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