Instead, the current state of Italian society is what kills her. So she's the old state of Italian society? Well, Pasolini did write the film, but forewent directing in favor of focusing on making Mamma Roma, so the seeds of a similar metaphor are there.
La Commare Secca is the debut film by the then 20 year old Bernardo Bertolucci who arrived on set with barely an idea about how to make a movie and a fervent denial that his Rashomon-inspired movie was Rashomon inspired. It clearly was, not that there's anything wrong with that.
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