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Leap in the Dark


Italia, Francia – 1980 – 35mm – color – 120’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio  in collaboration with Vincenzo Cerami, Piero Natoli

Photography: Giuseppe Lanci

Editing: Roberto Perpignani

Set design: Amedeo Fago, Andrea Crisanti

Music: Nicola Piovani

Costumes: Lia Francesca Morandini

Cast: Michel Piccoli, Anouk Aimée, Michele Placido, Gisella Burinato, Anna Orso, Antonio Piovanelli, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Adriana Pecorelli, Paolo Ciampi, Francesca Maria De Monti, Giampaolo Saccarola

Producers: Silvio e Anna Maria Clementelli, Enzo Porcelli

Production: Clesi Cinematografica, Odyssia, Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana, Mk 2, Film 66



Marta Ponticelli acted like a mother and a sister to her brother Mauro and now, being afraid of her old age and feeling anhedonic, becomes disturbed showing serious psychological deficit. Mauro, who is a judge, is afraid Marta will go insane and commit suicide. On the other hand, in turn, he is full of complexes, because of his solitary life and his terrible working experiences. Therefore, he can’t influence her sister positively. One day, almost without design, Mauro introduces to Marta an accused man named Giovanni Sciabola, a bizarre character who often acts beyond the sense of legality. They became friends, and Marta, setting aside her usual crisis, goes out always more frequently. Mauro feels betrayed by her sister, and becomes jealous, although he isn’t aware of these feelings.



“(…) the 6th narrative film by M. Bellocchio, in theory compared to Fists in the Pocket (1965), and written with the collaboration of Piero Natoli and Vincenzo Cerami, reflects the author’s stylistic maturity, which is expressed in his ability to move from a naturalistic to an expressionistic stylistic attitude by dealing with the reality’s transfiguration: clear and explicit, but also full of a deep metaphorical ambiguity. The author is supported by an excellent team, and by two French performers, working on the same wave length.” (Il Morandini)



1980 Cannes FF –  Competition: Best Actor, Actress

1980 David di Donatello:  Best Director