The Five Days

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The Five Days
The Five Days.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Dario Argento
Produced by Claudio Argento
Salvatore Argento
Screenplay by Dario Argento
Nanni Balestrini
Story by Dario Argento
Luigi Cozzi
Enzo Ungari
Starring Adriano Celentano
Enzo Cerusico
Marilù Tolo
Music by Giorgio Gaslini
Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller
Edited by Franco Fraticelli
Seda Spettacoli
Release date
20 December 1973
Running time
122 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Five Days (Italian: Le cinque giornate; also known as The Five Days of Milan) is a 1973 comedy-drama film directed by Dario Argento. It was shot in Rome and Milan.[1]


The film is set in Milan in full swing during the anti-Austrian revolt of 1848. A petty criminal, Cainazzo (Adriano Celentano) and a baker, Romulus (Enzo Cerusico), are involuntarily involved in the movements of that period, the person finding the major contradictions of the time. Assist - in the midst of idealists and patriots - an exemplary gallery of characters: aristocrats, opportunistic, bloodthirsty adventurers, traitors. Reluctantly, the two villains are overwhelmed by events. But in the face of so much injustice and violence, Romulus responds, indicating instinctively what is the point of view of the people.


The Five Days was director Dario Argento's first box office failure in Italy. Audiences were displeased with his change of genre and the stylistic differences from his Animal Trilogy (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat o' Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet). Soon after, he began work on his giallo masterpiece Deep Red.[2]

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Adriano Celentano Cainazzo
Enzo Cerusico Romolo Marcelli
Marilù Tolo The Countess
Luisa De Santis Pregnant Woman
Glauco Onorato Zampino
Carla Tato The Widow
Sergio Graziani Baron Tranzunto


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