The Subversives

The Subversives
I sovversivi
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Written by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Music by Giovanni Fusco
Cinematography Gianni Narzisi
Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited by Franco Brogi Taviani
Release dates
  • 1967 (1967)
Country Italy
Language Italian

I sovversivi (internationally released as The Subversives) is a 1967 Italian drama film. It is the first solo film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, without Valentino Orsini.[1]

It was entered into the 32° Venice Film Festival.[2]


The film combines actual footage of Communist leader Palmiro Togliatti's funeral with the intermingled stories of four people affected by his death: Ettore, a Venezuelan radical who abandons the wealthy Italian woman he loves to go back to his country and help his cause; Ludovico, an ailing filmmaker who finds out that art alone is not enough; Giulia, a woman who embarks upon a lesbian affair with a former mistress of her husband; and Ermanno, a philosophy graduate who breaks up with his past.



  1. Gian Piero Brunetta. Dal miracolo economico agli anni novanta. Editori riuniti, 1993.
  2. Cinema nuovo , Edizioni 185-196. Edizione Dedalo., 1967.
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