Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

A Leap in the Dark

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
7/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Marco Bellocchio
Music director  Nicola Piovani
Language  Italian
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Country  Italy
A Leap in the Dark movie poster
Writer  Marco Bellocchio, Piero Natoli, Vincenzo Cerami
Release date  14 February 1980 (1980-02-14)
Screenplay  Marco Bellocchio, Vincenzo Cerami, Piero Natoli
Cast  Michel Piccoli (Mauro Ponticelli), Anouk Aimée (Marta Ponticelli), Michele Placido (Giovanni Sciabola), Gisella Burinato (Anna)
Similar movies  Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Michel Piccoli movies, Movies about Italy

Bernard bear 65 a leap in the dark

A Leap in the Dark (Italian: Salto nel vuoto, and also known as Leap Into the Void) is a 1980 Italian film written and directed by Marco Bellocchio. It stars Michel Piccoli and Anouk Aimée, who won the Best Actor and Best Actress prizes respectively at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. The film also won the David di Donatello for Best Director and was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 53rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


A Leap in the Dark movie scenes


Judge Mauro Ponticelli has been raised by his older sister Marta. However, Marta has been having mental problems and fantasizing about committing suicide, which concerns him greatly. She seems to recover when he introduces her to Giovanni Sciabola, a brilliant actor, but Mauro then finds himself becoming jealous of their relationship.


  • Michel Piccoli - Mauro Ponticelli
  • Anouk Aimée - Marta Ponticelli
  • Michele Placido - Giovanni Sciabola
  • Gisella Burinato - Anna
  • Antonio Piovanelli - Quasimodo
  • Anna Orso - Marilena
  • Pier Giorgio Bellocchio - Giorgio
  • Criticism

    The film was favourably reviewed by the eminent critic Pauline Kael in The New Yorker : " The protagonist of Leap - a judge, Mauro Ponticelli, played by the usually suave French actor Michel Piccoli - is mean in perverse, Bunuelian ways...Mauro has always been protected and cared for by his older sister, Marta..He has no intention of growing up...[her] unusual behaviour has actually been a sign that she is rebelling - that she's struggling to free herself from her deathly bondage to him... The movie is about family entanglements and the functions of madness...Mauro is a craven fraud...Mauro the judge is a worm : a spoiled worm wriggling in its comfortable nest...Piccoli is able to give this mesmerizing performance despite the fact that he and Anouk Aimée are dubbed into Italian...Anouk Aimée is usually strikingly beautiful and a little blank - not quite in contact;.. But she's a magnificent camera subject, and her remoteness fits the situation here..Leap Into the Void is a film about people who are out of control made by a director who's in as close to total control as a moviemaker is ever likely to be..there's greatness in it."


    A Leap in the Dark Wikipedia
    A Leap in the Dark IMDb A Leap in the Dark

    Similar Topics
    Anouk Aimée
    Marco Bellocchio
    Michel Piccoli