NYFF3: Marco Bellocchio’s “Fists in the Pocket”

On Tuesday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's year-long series "50 Years of the New York Film Festival" continues with an offering from the third festival in 1965, Marco Bellocchio’s explosive debut feature Fists in the Pocket.

Fists in the Pocket is a unique family tragedy with a healthy dose of the macabre. Mockingly ferocious, blasphemous, and subversive, it mounts a frontal assault on family values and Catholic morality. The film, which documents a young provincial man’s annihilating rage, encompasses matricide, fratricide, and incest, mocks the institutions of church and family, and generally raises hell. Premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, Fists in the Pocket dropped like a bomb on the quiet world of a mid-sixties Italian cinema still under the spell of humanistic, postwar neorealism. It catapulted the 26-year-old Bellocchio to international fame, establishing him as the great psychologist of Italian cinema, and it is still regarded as one of the great works of that country's rich film history.


"50 Years of the New York Film Festival" will continue on Tuesday, November 1 (and every Tuesday after that) with Carlos Saura's The Hunt, from the fourth edition of the festival in 1966. 

Here is a list of all the films that played the third New York Film Festival in 1965:
Alphaville
Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965

Knave of Hearts
Rene Clement, Great Britain, 1954

Mickey One
Arthur Penn, USA, 1965

Raven’s End (Kvarteret Korpen)
Bo Widerberg, Sweden, 1964 

Camille Without Camellias (La signora senza Camelie)
Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1952/53

Charulata
Satyajit Ray, India, 1964

The Wedding March
Erich von Stroheim, USA, 1925/7 

Black Peter 
Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1964

Thomas the Imposter (Thomas L’imposteur)
Georges Franju, France, 1965

Identification Marks: None (Rysopis)
Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, 1964  

Walkover
Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, 1965

Shakespeare Wallah
Directed by James Ivory, India, 1965

Les vampires
Louis Feuillade, France, 1915

Buster And Beckett [three short films]
     The Railrodder, Gerald Potterton, Canada, 1965
     Film, Alan Schneider, USA, 1965
     Seven Chances, Buster Keaton, USA, 1925

Of Human Bondage
John Cromwell, USA, 1934

Caressed
Laurence L. Kent, Canada, 1965
Screened w/ Hollywood in Yugoslavia, Ulrich Shamoni, West Germany

Six in Paris (Paris Vu Par…), France, 1965 [six short films]
     Rue St. Denis, Jean-Daniel Pollet
     Gare Du Nord, Jean Rouch
     St. Germain-Des-Pres, Jean Douchet
     Place De L’etoile, Eric Rohmer
     Montparnasse Et Levallois, Jean-Luc Godard
     La Muette, Claude Chabrol

The Little Soldier (Le Petit Soldat)
Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1960
Screened w/ Screening Room, Lincoln Diamant, USA & The Longest Bridge, Richard Longo, USA

Gertrud
Carl Th. Dreyer, Denmark, 1964
Screened w/ The Fifth, Pavao Stalter, Yugoslavia

Between Two Worlds aka Fists In The Pocket (I Pugni In Tasca)
Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1965

Sandra (Vaghe Stelle Del’orsa)
Luchino Visconti, Italy, 1965
Screened w/ Study In Wet, Homer Groening, USA

The Koumiko Mystery (Le Mystére Koumiko)
Chris Marker, France, 1965
Screened w/ Twilight Of Empire, Kevin Billington, Great Britain, 1965

Unreconciled (Nicht Versöhnt)
Jean-Marie Straub, West Germany, 1965
Screened w/ Les Jeux Des Anges, Wladimir Borowczyk, France & Fist Fight, Robert Breer, USA

Red Beard (aka Hige)Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1965

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