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RoGoPaG [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1963]

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  • Actors: Rosanna Schiaffino, Jean Marc Bory, Alexandra Stewart, Orson Welles, Ugo Tognazzi
  • Directors: Roberto Rossellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ugo Gregoretti
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen, Black & White, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Z0R0K6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: Conceived by the legendary Italian producer Alfredo Bini, the multi-director portmanteau film Let's Wash Our Brains: RoGoPaG [Laviamoci il cervello: RoGoPaG] brought together four giants of European cinema to contribute comic episodes reflective of the swinging post-"boom" era. The resulting omnibus collectively examines social anxieties around sex, nuclear war, religion, urbanisation - and the promise of a modern cinema.

Roberto Rossellini's Illibatezza [Virginity] follows an airline stewardess plagued by an obsessed American tourist whose 8mm camera enables the indulgence of a personal, and solipsistic, vision of the Ideal. Jean-Luc Godard's Il nuovo mondo [The New World] takes place in an Italian-dubbed Paris beset by nuclear fallout, and wittily chronicles the changes that take place in the lives - and medicine cabinet - of a handsome young couple. Pier Paolo Pasolini's scandalous La ricotta [Ricotta, as in the curded cheese] presents the goings-on around a film shoot devoted to the Crucifixion and presided over by none other than Orson Welles (playing a kind of stand-in for Pasolini himself); it is this episode that landed Pasolini with a suspended four-month prison sentence. Lastly, Ugo Gregoretti's Il pollo ruspante [Free-Range Chicken] depicts a middle-class Milanese family flirting with the purchase of real-estate and engaging catastrophically with an antagonistic consumerist infrastructure.

Let's Wash Our Brains: RoGoPaG remains one of the definitive entries of the Sixties vogue for the multi-auteur anthology film, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present it for the very first time anywhere in the world on Blu-ray, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT (BLU-RAY + DVD) EDITION FEATURES:

  • Gorgeous new HD restoration of the film in its original aspect ratio, in 1080p on the Blu-ray
  • Newly translated optional English subtitles
  • Original Italian theatrical trailer
  • 56-page booklet featuring new essays by Tag Gallagher, Arthur Mas, Martial Pisani, and Pasquale Iannone; a new translation by Tag Gallagher of excerpts from an oral history about the film; and rare archival imagery

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Ro.Go.Pa.G aka Let's Wash Our Brains: Ro.Go.Pa.G is one of the more highbrow entries in the slew of anthology films so popular with continental producers in the 60s. Ro is Roberto Rossellini, Go is Godard, Pa is Pasolini and G is the all-but-forgotten Ugo Gregoretti, and the common link is that each has half an hour to present a story about the beginning of the end of the world, although in reality it was because producer Alfredo Bini had three of the directors under contract (Pasolini was the odd man out) and wanted to give them something to do while waiting for their next features.

It gets off to a poor start with Rossellini's at times surprisingly shoddily made Virginity. It compliments its poor back projection that resolutely fails to sell the idea that its' characters are in Thailand rather than on recycled sets in an Italian studio with a rather trite tale of Rosanna Schiaffino's air hostess being pursued by Bruce Balaban's enamoured American salesman. It takes forever to get going before heavy-handedly hammering home it's too neat conclusion about what really attracts him and what she needs to do to repel him. There are a couple of nice moments amid the product placement, particularly Balaban going through a checklist of how to talk to women and realising he's as ignorant of the concept of empathy as he is romantically clueless, but the episode is a bit like one of those forgettable non-conversations you have waiting in a queue at an airport boarding gate. Still, it does have one memorable exchange when it suddenly introduces two new characters with the solution to her problems via the magic of psychological diagnosis via home movies: "Of course, America and England are full of sex maniacs and stranglers." "Full, no. There's still a little space left.
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Rossellini, Godard and Gregoretti are ok. But Pasolini's La Ricotta, with OrsonWelles and some incredible roman faces from the working class, are really striking. It is not kust the best episode but a cinema masterpiece. A unique and original yet very faithful adaptation of The New testament episode of thePassion of Christ, whose interpretation looks apparently blaspheme but instead is smart and close to the sense of christian spiritualism and show a vision of Christ message that seek a sense in modern society, where the new christs are the underdogs, the lowest level of working class.
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By DM on 30 April 2014
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fascinating anthology from four quality directors. the first film has dated badly and comes across as bad 60s Italian television, but the final three films are well worth the purchase. this is another excellent Masters of Cinema blu ray
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This is a satirical episodic film from four of the leading European directors of the time. I would recommend more than one viewing. There is a great booklet giving the background of how it came to be made. Rosanna Schiaffino looks wonderful in the Rossellini episode, which is very witty, the Godard one is typically obscure and the final one is straight satire. Pasolini's Ricotta is the most fun, with Orson Welles on good form, trying to direct a Crucifixion scene with some ribald extras. It caused a scandal and was withdrawn for a few years, by which time Pasolini had made Gospel According to St Matthew.
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As usual with portmanteau films, this is something of a mixed blessing.

Essentially preoccupied with praising Communism and attacking sexism, mediocrity & the Catholic Church, this movie makes its points well – especially in the final segment – but descends into rhetorical ideology and formalistic denunciations of both materialism and Christianity.

These attacks leave no room for characterization and basic human warmth from the performers - who are merely required to mouthe the lines rather than make them come alive. Even worse given the quality on offer, particularly Rosanna Schiaffino, Alexandra Stewart, Orson Welles & Ugo Tognazzi.

Man is the subject of this film, not any particular man, hence the sacrilegious section on the Passion that so upset an overly sensitive Vatican - it shows Christ as more human than divine.
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