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Ómicron, the Italian film that anticipated the covid-19 variant

In 1963 a film called Ómicron was released

In a mix of science fiction comedy the director and screenwriter Ugo Gregoretti premiered in 1963 Omicron, without knowing that this story about the end of the world would be the protagonist of those who dig on the internet looking to be surprised.

And they did, because it is a production that speaks of a kind of virus that enters the body of humans to kill them. The plot could have gone unnoticed in the wide universe of B-series cinema (it was actually nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice festival 1963), but it is its name and its plot base that has attracted attention, due to an unconscious relationship with the new variant of the coronavirus that has appeared recently.

Ugo Gregoretti (1930-2019) became famous in the italian cinema for productions of adventures, comedy and mainly documentaries with a very clear social sensitivity. In 1963 he developed the script for Omicron telling the story of a worker who seems to have been infected by a virus, but in reality his body was occupied by an alien from the planet Ultra, whose inhabitants plan to take over Earth.

When an autopsy was about to be performed, this worker named Trabucco comes back to life but is not the same: he works much better and seems to be reintegrating himself into a life full of contrasts.

Little by little, what inhabits his body loses ground and man seems to be recovering his human sensitivity and health, while Omicron (as the antagonistic entity is called) does not achieve the goal of decimating humanity.

It seems that it actually has a positive message, although its essence is closer to the class struggle, a topic that was debated with interest in the late 1960s.

Unlike The Visitor from Planet Omicron (from 2013), whose plot repeats the issue of aliens who want to dominate the world, but if they arrive with a virus to carry out their plan in Arizona, this is pure series B.



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