It’s been a couple of years now since I published In the Name of the Law, my book about Italian crime films prior to the poliziotteschi trend, but here’s a little bit of content I wrote for it which never made it into the final cut… my top ten Italian crime films made between 1945 and 1969.
Mario Moroni made two films during his long career in Italian cinema, both of them are authentic poverty row efforts of little critical or aesthetic value. But as nobody else is deranged enough to waste their time examining his work, it seems like an appropriate job for The WildEye…
Apologies for the silence over the last few months: The WildEye has been on something of a hiatus while I put the finishing touches to my new book (yes, another one)… Science Fiction, Italian Style is 287 pages long, covering all science fiction films made in Italy between 1958 and 2000.
It’s been a long time coming and it’s a bit delayed, but finally In the Name of the Law is available! It’s an in depth examination of Italian crime films – or to be more precise, Italian films in which crime or criminality is a major component – made between 1945 and 1969.
Janine Hendy was one of the more prominent black actresses to work in Italian cinema during the early 1960s. Perhaps her best known roles were in the two Taur films directed by Antonio Leonviola in 1963, Taur, il re della forza bruta and more particularly Thor and the Amazon Women, in which she played the antagonist to the titular hero Joe Robinson.