After the Fox
(Caccia alla volpe)

Screening on Film
Directed by Vittorio De Sica.
With Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Victor Mature.
Italy, 1966, 35mm, color, 103 min.

De Sica’s late comedy shines with a witty screenplay co-written by Neil Simon and a playful film-within-a-film structure with a hilarious Peter Sellers at its center. Although seemingly an unlikely project for De Sica, After the Fox returned to his roots in sophisticated comedy, where he is able to cleverly manipulate milieu and story – a band of thieves smuggling gold from Cairo – into a satire of a fluttering, superficial world of disguises and postures. With a wickedly funny turn by Victor Mature as an aging, egotistical actor and its affectionate skewering of narcissistic directors – including De Sica himself in a cameo – After the Fox is a biting repart to the decadence of the 1960s Italian film industry.

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