The Machine to Kill Bad People (Italian: La Macchina ammazzacattivi) is a 1952 Italian fantasy comedy film directed by Roberto Rossellini and featuring Marilyn Buferd, William Tubbs and Clara Bindi. It is part of the tradition of neorealism of the post-war years. Having helped neorealism gain international recognition with his 1945 work Rome, Open City, Rossellini was trying to branch out into different styles.
|The Machine to Kill Bad People|
|Directed by||Roberto Rossellini|
|Written by||Sergio Amidei |
|Produced by||Salvo D'Angelo|
|Starring||Marilyn Buferd |
|Cinematography||Enrico Betti Berutto |
|Edited by||Jolanda Benvenuti|
|Music by||Renzo Rossellini|
|14 May 1952|
A stranger claiming to be Saint Andrea gives to the village photographer a magic camera with the power to destroy the wicked. When it becomes apparent that no one is immune the photographer turns the device on the giver, who is unmasked as a devil and forced to return everyone to life.
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- Wagstaff p.437
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- Brunette p.101
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