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THE BAD POET

by Gianluca Jodice

synopsis

Writer, poet, playwright, journalist, soldier and patriot, Gabriele D’Annunzio was the man Mussolini was inspired by in the process of building the Italian Fascist Movement. Our story starts when the poet is however ending up his life in exile, determined to fight against the fascist oppression and to not give up his freedom of thought. Even though D’Annunzio accepts honors and appointments from Mussolini, the Duce fears him and sends a young Italian federal to watch over the ‘evil poet’. Yet the poet, even if old and tired, hasn't lost his seductive skills. Will they charm the young soldier to the point of making him question himself and its faith to Fascism?

international title: The Bad Poet
original title: Il cattivo poeta
country: Italy, France
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Gianluca Jodice
film run: 106'
release date: IT 12/11/2020
screenplay: Gianluca Jodice
cast: Sergio Castellitto, Francesco Patanè, Tommaso Ragno, Fausto Russo Alesi, Massimiliano Rossi, Clotilde Courau, Elena Bucci, Lidiya Liberman, Janina Rudenska, Lino Musella
cinematography by: Daniele Ciprì
film editing: Simona Paggi
art director: Tonino Zera
costumes designer: Andrea Cavalletto
music: Michele Braga
producer: Matteo Rovere, Andrea Paris
production: Ascent Film, bathysphere, RAI Cinema
backing: MiBACT (IT), Regione Lazio (IT)
distributor: 01 Distribution
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