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John Cassavetes in Machine Gun McCain

10 Best Italian crime films, 1945 – 1969

October 15, 2017 0

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.

Antoni Pierfederici plays a hack director in Ciak si muore

Ciak… si Moroni

July 6, 2017 0

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…

Books and magazines

Science Fiction, Italian Style - The new book from The WildEye Press

Out now – Science Fiction, Italian Style

March 21, 2019 0

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.

In the Name of the Law - Italian Crime Films from 1945 to 1969

In the Name of the Law

April 7, 2016 1

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.

More reviews

  • West Buchanan in Battle of the Worlds

    West Buchanan – a blonde in Italy

    Born in October 1934, West Buchanan made his first listed appearence late, at the age of 31 in the 1975 film C.I.A. Secret Story, directed by the arch provocateur Giuseppe Ferrara.

  • Richard McNamara in Totò nella luna, with Ugo Tognazzi and Jim Dolen

    Richard McNamara

    Richard McNamara was another of the Americans – like John Kitzmiller – who came to Italy as an American soldier during World War 2 and stayed there, working in the burgeoning film industry

  • Franco Citti in Oedipus Rex

    Franco Citti interview

    Here’s an interview with Italian actor Franco Citti – who is famous for his work with Pasolini but also appeared in numerous other films – that I found on the web and have translated into English

  • An artificially aged Janine Hendy in Hercules Against the Moon Men

    Janine Hendy

    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.

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