Cinema: Rhetorical Question

WHY Directed by NANNI LOY Screenplay by SERGIO AMIDEI and EMILIO SANNA

This is a movie that confounds all preconceptions and expectations. The plot—an innocent man is vaguely accused of a crime and shunted from prison to prison—suggests political reform, social outrage, harrowing character study and, ultimately, Kafka. But thanks to the skill of the superb comic actor Alberto Sordi and the subtly inflected direction of Nanni Loy (The Four Days of Naples), Why is a comedy that smiles like a razor.

Giuseppe Di Noi (Sordi), on vacation with his wife and two young children, is asked to step into the customs office...

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