In the Name of the Italian People

In the Name of the Italian People (Italian: In nome del popolo italiano) is a 1971 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Dino Risi.[1] It represents a reflection about the crisis of the Italian judiciary and the growing phenomenon of corruption.[2]

In the Name of the Italian People
Directed byDino Risi
Produced byEdmondo Amati
Written byAgenore Incrocci
Furio Scarpelli
StarringUgo Tognazzi
Vittorio Gassman
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
Edited byAlberto Gallitti
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
Running time
100 minutes


Set in Rome and its surroundings, the film tells in a frighteningly realistic, ruthless and grotesque the evil of two powerful men of Italy in the seventies: a Director of illegal buildings (Vittorio Gassman), extremist fascist, and an upright judge, cynical looking in part to the Italian law (Ugo Tognazzi). Both can not stand each other, given the contrasts between the two men in any social, political and philosophical. Everyone hates each other and would like to delete it, but just because of the bad example that the two men give power to the people, many Italians are adversely affected because of cheating and rudeness of the fascist manufacturer and the communist magistrate. The director Dino Risi underlines the misdeeds and the weakness of the Italian people to react accordingly, by focusing on the story of these two men who are each other's opposite of the net.



  1. Enrico Giacovelli. La commedia all'italiana. Gremese Editore, 1995.
  2. Valerio Caprara. Mordi e fuggi. Marsilio, 1993.

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