Stop the World… I Want to Get Off (1970)
aka Fermate il mondo… voglio scendere!
Country: Italy | Director: Giancarlo Cobelli
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 89mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 866×506 – 25fps – 1.19gb
This lysergically madcap Italian flick largely eschews any traditional plot. The most noticeable thread involves ventriloquist Ricky becoming a TV star, dressed up as a superhero with an “impish robot” dummy.
A group of flat-mates try to defy a world overcome with commercialism and celebrity-worship, even though one of their own has become an overnight TV-superhero commodity thanks to his ventriloquism and a silly robot toy. One girl constantly attemps suicide and her friends see these antics ‘between life and death’ as annoyances. Another girl becomes enraged throughout the whole movie because her friend sees her as being a copy of her father after reading a psychology book, and she wants to be seen as a sex object.
There’s a delirious LSD sequence where a sex-act turns into hallucinative madness while a TV camera and public become obsessed over a mole seen during the act. Fears of pregnancies bring upon surreal hordes of pregnant girls and menacing cars, furniture moves unexpectedly, supermarket-goods talk, a wall turns into a magnet for no particular reason, men and women fight endlessly, in surreal logic, a woman finds herself unable to seduce her man in a car while every car around them seems to contain hidden couples in sex acts, and every act seems to be one of raving madness or frenzy, leading to a delirious final half-hour that comes off like a frenzied dream gone chaotic and completely nonsensical. The movie is difficult to describe, but is lots of fun.