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The Five Days | MIFF 2023 | IIC Melbourne

The Five Days
Dir. Dario Argento Italy
A rarely screened outlier in Dario Argento’s career, this deliciously dark historical comedy follows a thief and a baker caught up in the chaos of a political uprising.

Set against the backdrop of the 1848 Italian Revolutions, this politically charged action-comedy stars pop star Adriano Celentano as a hapless thief liberated from his Milanese prison cell by a stray cannonball as the Austrian army lays siege to the city. Misadventure ensues as he crosses paths with a naive baker on the hunt for a brigandturned-revolutionary and the country plunges into bleak and bloody civil unrest.

Inspired by real-life accounts by everyday Milanese people, Argento’s screenplay (conceived with The Last Emperor’s Enzo Ungari) tapped into the turbulence of 1970s Italy and drew on the director’s own politics, while the film’s mixture of violence, absurdity and farce evoked the distinctive genre cocktail of the spaghetti western. A box-office bomb that all but disappeared from circulation, The Five Days remains a fascinating, underappreciated anomaly in Argento’s oeuvre.

“A fascinating and often impressive transitional film for Argento … Unlike anything else in the director’s canon.” – Mondo Digital
120 MINS


Dario argento


  • Organized by: Melbourne International Film Festival
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne