organization Art Promotion

Fit To Be Untied


Italia – 1975 – 16mm – color and b&n – 140’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio, Silvano Agosti, Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Silvano Agosti, Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia

Photography: Dimitri Nicolau

Editing: Marco Bellocchio, Silvano Agosti, Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia

Music: Nicola Piovani

Sound: Reo Ugolinelli

With: Paolo Notari, Angelo Massari, Marco Cattani

Organizer: Francesco Giovalè

Production: 11 Marzo Cinematografica



Years ago, the psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, determined a specific objective to be pursued in the treatment of mental illnesses and maladjustment: closing slowly the mental hospitals, which he considered the ghettoes of exclusion and avoiding new hospitalizations with a preventive work within neighborhoods, factories and schools. To document this theory, the two-part film, moves from Three stories of Paolo, Angelo and Marco, by introducing their difficult social situation, and then documents, with a number of testimonies, the integration in the work of some ex in-patients of both genders or the refusal by others to return to the external reality. A collection of portraits ending with a sequence of a party which took place at the Hospital Colorno.



“Is one of the few and very convincing examples within the Italian militant cinema, capable of going deeply into the issue of “madness” with a real analysis that takes advantage of contributions and struggles of the anti-psychiatrists and of recovery experiences with the Emilian workers”. (Paolo Mereghetti, Dizionario dei film)
“(…) It hasn’t scientific claims. It is not, in the strict sense, even an investigation, but rather a testimony and a complaint. The theory is contained in the title (…) The film counts and is an act of love and respect for man who, even when he is “different” and sick in a shocking way (catatonic, mongoloid, paranoid, schizophrenic) he is always taken seriously. The final dance party is a great moment of cinema”. (Il Morandini)



1975 Berlinale – Forum: FIPRESCI Award,  OCIC Award ( presented on the long version “Nessuno o tutti”)

1975 Mostra di Venezia

1975 Nyon FF