Cinema: Basket Case

DOWN THE ANCIENT STAIRS

Directed by MAURO BOLOGNINI Screenplay by RAFFAELE ANDREASSI, MARIO AROSIO, TULLIO PINELLI and BERNARDINO ZAPPONI

Madness on the inside, madness on the outside. In a mental hospital in Tuscany, Dr. Bonaccorsisi (Marcello Mastroianni) takes the insanity that rages all around him pretty much in his elegant stride. At times he takes advantage of it too. Pathology has a liberating effect on his libido. He flirts with patients and sleeps with three of the women he sees in the course of work:

Donna Francesca (Lucia Bose), the wife of the hospital director;...

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