Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man

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Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man poster.jpg
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci
Written by Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring Ugo Tognazzi
Anouk Aimée
Music by Ennio Morricone
Edited by Gabriella Cristiani
Distributed by Ladd Company, through Warner Bros. (USA)
Release date
  • 12 February 1982 (1982-02-12) (US)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (Italian: La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo) is a 1981 Italian film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. It stars Anouk Aimée and Ugo Tognazzi, who was awarded the Best Male Actor Award at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival for his performance.[1] In his review, Vincent Canby describes the film as, "Bernardo Bertolucci's very good, cerebrally tantalizing new film, Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, the story of what may or may not be a terrorist kidnapping of the sort that has been making Italian headlines with increasing frequency in recent years."[2]


In a small Italian village, Primo runs a cheese factory, but one morning he witnesses his son kidnapped by terrorists. As the film progresses, he has two problems: paying the ransom the terrorists demand and trying to save his factory which might face bankruptcy. What's a businessman like him to do?



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 12, 1982). "Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man: A Kidnaping as Seen by Bertolucci". The New York Times. 

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