The second film by an important director whose work deserves to be better known
An unforgiving portrait of the rampant selfishness in Italy during the economic boom
Franco Brusati, primarily remembered for the pungent Pane e cioccolata with Nino Manfredi, was a highly-cultured director who pulled no punches. His second film, Il disordine, plunges deep into the Italian economic miracle (and where better for it to be set than Milan), with a lucid analysis of its destructive effects. As noted by Gian Luigi Rondi: “The film violently depicts certain aspects of contemporary living, and in so doing traces a hallucinatory and desolate portrait of men and women who think only of themselves.” Brusati is an important director whose work deserves to be brought to a broader audience, and this film simply reiterates that fact.
After arriving in Milan in search of work, Mario tries to climb the social ladder by frequenting the world of high-class business magnates and society snobs. He finds himself trapped inside a vortex of selfishness and frustration from which he will find it difficult to escape.