Cinema: Burnt Offering

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Directed and Written by MARCO BELLOCCHIO

This is a viciously funny and profane social allegory set in a Catholic boys' school, through whose spare corridors the winds of anarchy and absurdism blow strong and cold. The school is the rough Italian equivalent of those penitentiary prep schools that Holden Caulfield complained about. Students are mostly delinquents saved from a rather more severe fate by the wealth of their parents. The place is run by priests who might politely be called eccentric. Most are incompetents or sadists....

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