China Is Near


1h 56m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A satirical look at Italian politics.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Cina è vicina
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Jan 1968
Production Company
Vides
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

When Vittorio, a bumbling 35-year-old professor of political science from a land-owning family in northern Italy, decides to run for office on the Socialist ticket, he incurs the wrath of his young brother Camillo, a Maoist seminarian. His sister, Elena, is impregnated by his working-class campaign manager, Carlo, who hopes to marry into the family fortune. Giovanna, Vittorio's secretary and Carlo's mistress, follows suit. Inspired by her lover's example, she attempts to conceive by her boss. The candidate's mastery of birth control, however, frustrates her design. Conspiring with Carlo, she becomes pregnant. His preventative measures notwithstanding, she informs Vittorio that he is about to become a father. Sensing political advantage, Vittorio acquiesces and informs the voters that, despite his superior social standing, he will marry a member of the proletariat. Meanwhile, Elena, disregarding Carlo's objections, attempts to obtain an abortion. As a physician prepares to perform the illegal operation, a protesting Capuchin monk at Carlo's instigation falls on his knees before the doctor. Fearing imprisonment, the abortionist begs the priest to hear his confession. At a victory celebration for his brother, Camillo and his cronies let loose a cat and police dogs.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Cina è vicina
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 8 Jan 1968
Production Company
Vides
Distribution Company
Royal Films International
Country
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in Italy in 1967 as La Cina è vicina; running time: 116 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the International Film Critics Award at the 1967 Venice Film Festival.

Released in United States August 20, 1990

Released in United States Winter January 8, 1968

Released in United States Winter January 8, 1968

Released in United States August 20, 1990 (Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 20, 1990.)

Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 20, 1990.