Dark Illness

Il male oscuro (internationally released as Dark Illness and The Obscure Illness) is a 1990 Italian drama film directed by Mario Monicelli. It is based on the novel with the same name written by Giuseppe Berto. For this film Monicelli was awarded with a David di Donatello for Best Director.[1]

Il male oscuro
Directed byMario Monicelli
Produced byGiovanni Di Clemente
Written byGiuseppe Berto (novel)
Mario Monicelli, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Tonino Guerra
StarringGiancarlo Giannini
Music byNicola Piovani
CinematographyCarlo Tafani
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Distributed byClemi Film
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
113 minutes

Plot summary

Calabria. Giuseppe Marchi is an Italian screenwriter who aspires to become a great novelist. However, he has deep psychological problems...



  1. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
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