Down the Ancient Staircase

Down the Ancient Staircase (Italian: Per le antiche scale) is a 1975 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini.[1]

Down the Ancient Staircase
Directed byMauro Bolognini
Produced byFulvio Lucisano
Written byRaffaele Andreassi
Mario Arosio
Sinko Solleville Marie
Tullio Pinelli
Mario Tobino
Bernardino Zapponi
StarringMarcello Mastroianni
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byNino Baragli
Release date
  • 1975 (1975)
Running time
115 minutes



In Italy, in 1930, Professor Bonaccorsi, renowned psychiatrist, conducts research on madness in the asylum where he works as a doctor in Tuscany. It has three mistresses Bianca (his assistant), Carla (wife of a colleague) and Francesca (wife of the director of the asylum). A newcomer, Dr. Anna Bersani, is there for a probationary period; very fast, is opposed to the theories of Bonaccorsi.


  1. "NY Times: Down the Ancient Staircase". NY Retrieved 29 March 2009.
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