[quote=“Novecento, post:179, topic:243”]I had heard this did not do so well in Italy, but I had not realized that Corbucci even urged people not to go and see it there given the cuts imposed by the Italian distributor:
An interesting newspaper article.
The original rating, dated 21 November '69, was VM18 (with no cuts) because of violence and bad language: an appeal was immediately made but the rating was confirmed on 2 December.
So a few days later the production, provoking the wrath of Corbucci, submitted a second, significantly shortened version (from 2850 to 2520 meters or, if you prefer, from 104 to 92 minutes) which was rated VM14 on 18 December*.
Later another appeal was made, this time to obtain a T rating (all ages admitted, wish I’ve seen the director’s face), but the VM14 was confirmed on 20 November 1970.
- The article is dated 20 January, not March