Magazine article New Internationalist

Good Morning, Night

Magazine article New Internationalist

Good Morning, Night

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Good morning, night

written and directed by Marco Bellocchio

Looking over an apartment for rent, Chiara and Ernesto seem distracted and tense. Primo and Mariano, who help them move in, avoid being seen. Primo, a carpenter, builds a wall across a back room, with a tiny entrance through a bookshelf. They are all members of the Red Brigade, and are planning a kidnapping. The wall hides a prison cell - to hold Aldo Moro, Italy's prime minister.

Good morning, night is based on real events-in 1978 the Brigade captured Moro, after killing his police escorts, and held him for eight weeks. It's not a thriller or an action movie - the kidnapping happens off-screen - but something more resonant. It simply focuses on how the group and their victim react to their close confinement and wider political events.

The operation is a political disaster, mobilizing wider support for the Christian Democrat Government. …

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