Le strelle nel fosso
Directed byPupi Avati
Screenplay by
  • Pupi Avati
  • Cesare Bornazzini[1]
Story by
Produced by
CinematographyFranco Delli Colli[1]
Edited byPiera Gabutti[1]
Music byAmedeo Tomassi[1]
A.M.A. Film[1]
Distributed byImpegno Cinematografico
Release date
  • 24 March 1979 (1979-03-24) (Italy)
Running time
104 minutes[1]

Le strelle nel fosso (transl. The Stars in the Ditch) is a 1979 Italian film directed by Pupi Avati.


Following the release of his autobiographical television film Jazz Band, director Pupi Avati conceived and shot his next film Le strelle nel fosso in July 1978.[1][2] The film's story was developed while filming on a very low budget, with actor Giulio Pizzirani stating that he did not know anything about the script and that Pupi Avati gave the actors sheets of papers with lines to remember which he would repeat and occasionally improvise on.[3][4] Pizzirani described the process as "traumatic".[4] Cesare Bastelli, the assistant director on the film stated that he found an injured seagull while filming which led to Pupi Avati writing a scene where Cavina finds a bird and takes it into her kitchen.[5]


Le strelle nel fosso was distributed theatrically in Italy by Impegno Cinematografico on 24 March 1979.[1] The film grossed a total of 24 million Italian lire on its domestic release which Italian film historian and critic Roberto Curti describing the film as a financial flop.[1][6]


Critic Tullio Kezich wrote on the film, stating that even though Pupi Avati "returns to the Fantastic inspiration of his earliest and best experiments, loses along the way every naturalness and results in almost always manneristic excitement"[7][8]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Curti 2017, p. 214.
  2. ^ Curti 2017, p. 217.
  3. ^ Curti 2017, p. 218.
  4. ^ a b Bartolini, Servini & Adamovit 2011, p. 130.
  5. ^ Bartolini, Servini & Adamovit 2011, p. 131.
  6. ^ Curti 2017, p. 216.
  7. ^ Kezich 1983, p. 377.
  8. ^ Kezich 1983, p. 378.


  • Bartolini, Claudio; Servini, Luca; Adamovit, Ruggero (2011). Nero Avati: visioni dal set. Le mani. ISBN 978-8880125716.
  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970-1979. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476629605.
  • Kezich, Tullio (1983). Il nuovissimo Mille film. Cinque anni al Cinema, 1977–1982. Mondadori.