Stop the World… I Want to Get Off (1970)
aka Fermate il mondo… voglio scendere!
Genre: Surreal Comedy
Country: Italy | Director: Giancarlo Cobelli
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English (.srt file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 89mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi – 688×400 – 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.

His girlfriend Daniella (the legendary Barbara Steele in an interesting and rare comedic turn) constantly attempts suicide to get his attention, including hanging by feather boa. Their flatmates are an assortment of counterculture psuedo-intellectuals, including a sexually impotent psychoanalyst whose horny girlfriend injects a solution into his buttock.

They have various mishaps, including a filmed orgy sequence coinciding with an acid trip which climaxes in one of the knuckleheads imaging a raw chicken in the refrigerator to be Baby Jesus and popping him into the oven.

The film is mostly a series of delirious throwaway gags. The striking and vibrant cinematography is from Dario Di Palma (Death Laid an Egg), which should give you an idea of the surreal pop art confection this is.

Stop the World is both enduringly pretentious without taking itself too seriously in the way only shambolic faux-arthouse psychedelic films of the era could be.

Stop the World… I Want to Get Off (1970)