Il profeta

Il profeta (internationally released as Mr. Kinky and The Prophet) is a 1968 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi.[1]

Il profeta
Directed byDino Risi
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori
Written byRuggero Maccari
Ettore Scola
Dino Risi
StarringVittorio Gassman
Music byArmando Trovajoli
CinematographyAlessandro D'Eva
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)


Pietro Breccia (Vittorio Gassman) is a man who has long decided to abandon civilization, becoming a hermit, leaving behind the strain of modern life and the futility of consumer society, living for years in seclusion on Soratte, near Rome. One day he is discovered by a TV crew that, sniffing the scoop, film a report about him. From that moment, against his will, he gets sucked into civilization.[2]



Helped by the accurate Ettore Scola, it's one of those movies from the master of Italian comedies to re-discover absolutely. Exquisite, swinging, smart, this film appeared to be an hilarious mirror of some of the most pregnant clich├ęs of the occidental modernity. But it remains underrated and unknown, especially because there is no releases in DVD and Blu-ray.


  1. Edoardo Zaccagnini. I "mostri" al lavoro!: contadini, operai, commendatori ed impiegati nella commedia all'italiana. Sovera Edizioni, 2009. ISBN 8881247909.
  2. Vice (March 10, 1968). ""Il profeta": Gassman si fa barbone per protesta contro la vita moderna". La Stampa. p. 7.

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