Bianca (1984)

Bianca (1984)

Michele is a mathematics professor who just started a new job in a school with some peculiar teaching methods. After a woman in his neighborhood is murdered, Michele meets beautiful colleague Bianca, and a relationship begins between the two. Where is this relationship heading, and will Michele be able to help the police catch the murderer?

Sweet Body of Bianca (Italian: Bianca) is a 1984 Italian comedy-mystery film directed by Nanni Moretti. It stars Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Roberto Vezzosi, Remo Remotti, Claudio Bigagli, Enrica Maria Modugno and Vincenzo Salemme.

About the Story

Michele Apicella (Nanni Moretti) is a young mathematics teacher who is called to a supposedly élite, in fact grotesque, high school with the overblown name of Marilyn Monroe. Michele is characterized by a great number of obsessions and manias (in a famous scene, he wakes up at night and starts eating Nutella from a giant jar); he also has a habit of spying on the neighbours of his new house, keeping a file for each of them, in which he reports their actions and words.

When one of his neighbours is killed, the police inspector (Roberto Vezzosi) becomes curious about Apicella’s behaviour. Later he meets his colleague Bianca (Laura Morante), whom he falls in love with. In the beginning, she is a relation, which she ends shortly after in order to get to know him. However, his exceedingly orderly mind and manias for perfection of love prevent him from showing her his true feelings; therefore, their affair starts to suffer.

Another sub-plot is devoted to Michele’s attempts to reconcile his friends Ignazio and Maria. But he fails, and the two are also found killed. Although the police now clearly suspect him, he is rescued by Bianca, who gives Michele a false alibi.

However, Michele’s equilibrium at this point is completely crumbling. In the final scenes, he himself confess to the inspector that he is the murderer. In a semi-delirious and humorous self-confession (somewhat reminiscent of the last pages of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment), Michele reveals that he felt compelled to kill his neighbours and friends because they had disappointed him, and this disturbs his need for order and steadiness in life.

Bianca Movie Poster (1984)

Bianca (1984)

Directed by: Nanni Moretti
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Roberto Vezzosi, Remo Remotti, Claudio Bigagli, Enrica Maria Modugno, Vincenzo Salemme
Screenplay by: Nanni Moretti
Production Design by: Giorgio Luppi, Marco Luppi
Cinematography by: Luciano Tovoli
Film Editing by: Mirco Garrone
Costume Design by: Lia Francesca Morandini
Set Decoration by: Giorgio Luppi, Marco Luppi
Music by: Franco Piersanti
Distributed by: Rosebud
Release Date: October 5, 1084