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Down the Ancient Staircase

Down the Ancient Staircase

A Feature film by Mauro Bolognini

Release in France : 09/03/1977


    A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to isolate the germ of madness. He is also a very active ladies'man and makes three women benefit from his sexual itch: Francesca the hospital manager's wife, Bianca, his devoted nurse and Carla, a nymphomaniac doctor's wife. His well-ordered universe starts being challenged with the coming of Anna, a trainee psychiatrist, who disapproves of his theory on the origin of madness. Worse, she resists his advances. As Bonaccorsi is more insecure than he looks, what will become of him?

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    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Les Productions Fox Europa

    French distributors :

    Fox France, Lira Films

    Foreign production company :

    IIF - Italian International Film

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    Full credits (8)

    Author of original work :

    Mario Tobino

    Foreign Producer :

    Fulvio Lucisano

    Editor :

    Nino Baragli

    Music Composer :

    Ennio Morricone

    Screenwriters :

    Bernardino Zapponi, Tullio Pinelli, Mario Arosio, Raffaele Andreassi

    Director of Photography :

    Ennio Guarnieri

    Production Designer :

    Piero Tosi

    Costume designer :

    Piero Tosi

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    Feature film

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    Italy, France

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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