The Scientific Cardplayer

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  • NR
  • 1972
  • 7.6  (2,561)

The Scientific Cardplayer is a 1972 Italian drama film, directed by Luigi Comencini. The plot revolves around a group of professional card players who gather in a villa, where they participate in a game of bridged hosted by wealthy industrialist Buratti (Joseph Cotten). Alberto Sordi plays the protagonist, a middle-aged, professional gambler named Peppino who gets invited to participate in Buratti's annual tournament.

As the game progresses, Peppino becomes increasingly frustrated as he is pitted against players who are his equal, if not better. With each hand, the stakes get higher, and the pressure mounts. Peppino's focus becomes so intense that he starts to have nightmares, causing him to second-guess every decision he makes at the table. The tournament ultimately ends with a surprising twist, leaving Peppino to question whether his passion for cards is truly worth it.

Throughout the movie, there are frequent flashbacks to Peppino's past, including his time in jail for gambling and his relationship with a former lover, played by Silvana Mangano. These memories help to shed light on Peppino's psyche and his struggles with addiction. Mangano's character serves as a symbol of the life Peppino left behind and the consequences of his choices.

The Scientific Cardplayer is a captivating drama that explores the complexities of gambling addiction and the pressure to succeed. The film's visual style is minimalistic, with most of the action taking place in the villa's private room where the card game unfolds. The characters are well-developed, and the tension between them is palpable.

Alberto Sordi delivers a strong performance as Peppino, a man consumed by his passion for cards. He perfectly captures the character's obsession, frustration, and desperation. Joseph Cotten is equally impressive as Buratti, a wealthy businessman who is fascinated by the psychology of gambling. Silvana Mangano is stunning in her role as Peppino's former lover, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to the film.

The movie's soundtrack is another standout feature. The music, composed by Ennio Morricone, perfectly captures the tension and emotional depth of the story. The film's cinematography is also noteworthy, with Comencini utilizing close-ups and slow-motion shots to emphasize the players' expressions and reactions.

Overall, The Scientific Cardplayer is a thought-provoking and intense movie that will leave viewers questioning their own beliefs about gambling and addiction. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Italian cinema, drama, or psychological thrillers.

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