Dillinger Is Dead: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1969) / Region 1
Dillinger Is Dead: The Criterion Collection

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Dillinger Is Dead: The Criterion Collection

In this magnificently inscrutable late-sixties masterpiece, Marco Ferreri, one of European cinema's most idiosyncratic auteurs, takes us through the looking glass to one seemingly routine night in the life of an Italian gas mask designer, played, in a tour de performance, by New Wave icon Michel Piccoli. In his claustrophobic, mod home, he pampers his pill-popping wife, seduces his maid, and uncovers a that may have once been owned by John Dillinger - and then things get even stranger. A surreal political missive about social malaise, Dillinger Is Dead finds absurdity in the mundane. It is a singular experience, both illogical and grandly existential.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 17 2009
  • Production Year 1969
  • Empire SKU 1512696
  • UPC Code 715515054614
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New, restored High-Definition Digital Transfer, approved by director of photography Mario Vulpiani.
New video interviews with actor Michel Piccoli and Italian film historian Adriano Apra.
Excerpts from a 1997 roundtable discussion about director Marco Ferreri, with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci and Francesco Rosi and film historian Aldo Tassone, including clips of interviews with Ferreri.
Theatrical trailer
New and improved subtitle translation
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Joshua Rowin and two reprinted interviews with Ferreri.


  • Audio
    Italian Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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