La pelle -
1980 - Color - 133 mn - Original version with French subtitles - France, Italia - War
Direction : Liliana Cavani. Production : Opera Films Produzione, Gaumont. Screenplay : Liliana Cavani, Robert Katz, Catherine Breillat. Editing : Ruggero Mastroianni. Photography : Armando Nannuzzi. Music by : Lalo Schifrin. With : Marcello Mastroianni, Burt Lancaster, Ken Marshall, Claudia Cardinale.
In 1943 Naples, a liaison officer organizes the escape of the Nazis and the fascists. But in a town of hopelessness and misery, where everything is for sale, he will discover Hell.
Far from the idealized image often associated with the Liberation, Curzio Malaparte’s novel deals with the horrors of war. Fascinated for a longtime with WWII and its grey area (as you can see in her documentaries on the topic or the ambiguous The night porter), Liliana Cavani directs a faithful, hopeless and uncompromising adaptation, where prostitution, black market and resourcefulness rule. A controversial film that must be seen.