The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s

DVD - 2014
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A documentary concerning the violent Italian "poliziotteschi" cinematic movement of the '70s which, at first glance, seems like just a bunch of cheap rip-offs of American crime films like Dirty Harry or The Godfather. But on closer inspection, these films were really addressing distinctly Italian issues like the Sicilian Mafia and red terrorism.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4365 EUROCRI 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 19, 2017

A very good documentary of Italy's string of lurid crime films.

Jun 29, 2016

This is an interesting subject. I lived in Italy from '75 to '78 and remember these posters fondly, as well as the Moro kidnapping. I was in Rome in '77 and there were Carabineri on street corners with machine guns. The genre is interesting, but not so much with this documentary. It could be much more succinct with less repetitiveness and more insightful questions asked. Also, maybe a little less Henry Silva (he's a little loopy). That, and it was interesting finding out that Robert Mitchum's son looks Alot like him.

Jan 27, 2015

Very good overview of the subject. I remember watching the flicks covered back in the '70s & '80s because I enjoy the Eurotrash genre. This documentary does more than bring back memories. It actually attempts to explain what was going on at the time in Italian cinema. If you like the Eurocrime genre, don't pass this one up. Also check out the recent great docs on the Australian (Not Quite Hollywood) and Philippine (Machete Maidens Unleashed!) cult film industries - both entertaining.


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