The Machine That Kills Bad People ★★★★

Lovely old Rossellini movie. Has the simple form of a moral tale about the caution one should take in passing judgment on others and the unlikeliness that political change may be for the better. All the hallmarks of the old Italian town: the annual parade with the statues of the saint, the townspeople rowing out to sea in a hundred boats, the corrupt local notables. Flashes of Carlo Levi's "Christ Stopped at Eboli"