Cinema: A Judas Goat

The Easy Life. Dust swirls, the camera whirls to follow a flashy type in a flashy car varooming through Rome on a sleepy summer morning. All at once the car skids to a stop, and the type hollers up at a young man watching him from a second-story window. "Ciao! Ha telefono?" The young man hesitates—should he reply to a passing stranger?

"Sì," he says at last, and the word sets in train the strange and affecting tale of this strange and brilliant Italian film, the hilarious and horrifying parable of a Judas goat who innocently leads a lamb to the slaughter.

"Sì,"...

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