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The Grim Reaper (La commare secca) (1962)




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Potential suspects are interviewed by police when a prostitute is found murdered. Flashbacks reveal the stories of the suspects as interrogation begins to show very different recollections by those questioned. Police must sift through the various bits and pieces of vital information to solve the crime. Written and produced by Bernardo Bertolucci, this film marks his directorial debut.


Francesco Ruiu
as Canticchia
Alvaro D'Ercola
as Francolicchio
Silvio Laurenzi
as Homosexual
Allen Midgette
as Teodoro, the soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Grim Reaper (La commare secca)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Offers more than filmographic interest.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Bertolucci's dissections reveal the lying and viciousness common to these beasts in the human jungle.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The result is stylish and occasionally haunting.

March 5, 2005 | Full Review…

Bernardo Bertolucci the poet, declaring a change of medium

November 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Never loses its grip on the viewer.

January 23, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

strangely lacking, despite its salacious premise

February 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Grim Reaper (La commare secca)

This movie reminds me so much of Roshomon, but slower and more boring. There are some good scenes, but for the most part, it's not a great movie. It's just okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

In "La Commare Secca," a prostitute(Wanda Rocci) has been murdered in a park. The police have cast their net far and wide for leads while the disembodied voice of law and order interviews possible witnesses and suspects who might have seen anything. Making matters more difficult is the interviewees not exactly being forthright. Starting off is Luciano(Francesco Ruiu) who has gotten a job recommendation from a couple of priests before joining up with his pals Nino(Giancarlo De Rosa) and Sindaco(Vincenzo Ciccora), as they attempt to rob distracted couples in the park. Bostelli(Alfredo Leggi) is a former criminal who has apparently gone straight but still cheats on his wife Esperia(Gabriella Giorgelli) with whom he runs a protection racket. With its unique story structure and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, "La Commare Secca" is a not entirely successful movie, nor is it entirely without merit. It manages to paint a vivid tableau on a particular day about characters on the move who cannot find any stability which can mean a legitimate job. On the other hand, all the pieces of the puzzle do not exactly fit together as the mystery is resolved a little too perfunctorily.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Experimentally smart and well-paced, Bertolucci's vision was kept on a tight leash as a result of a clearly restrictive budget. Nevertheless, it's an interesting and inolving picture, and it's a tremendous achievement from such a young filmmaker. It's obviously inspired by Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950), but Bertolucci brings a lot of his own ideas to the screen.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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