Ecce Bombo is a 1978 Italian comedy film, written and directed by and starring Nanni Moretti. It was filmed in 16mm but released in 35mm. It was Moretti's first commercial success.


Michele Apicella, Goffredo, Mirko and Vito are four highschool friends who were on the forefront of the political protests that characterized the second half of the 1960s. Now a few years older, the four friends are no longer politically active and struggle to come to terms with their present. Intellectually marginalized and disenchanted with contemporary society, they form a collective consciousness group to try to understand what to do with themselves. Another friend, Cesare, decides to join them although he has mixed feelings about the whole experience, leading a relatively comfortable life. Things change when Michele starts a relationship with Cesare's girlfriend Flaminia.

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    contentLocation Rome
    director Nanni Moretti
    editor Enzo Meniconi
    genre comedy
    keywords collective consciousness political protest
    musicBy Franco Piersanti
    producer Enzo Giulioli Mario Gallo