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Gobbo, Il

March 26, 2010 Matt Blake 1

Despite its wartime setting, Il gobbo deserves consideration in any study of Italian crime cinema. Not only was it directed by Carlo Lizzani, who would go on to become one of the leading lights of the genre as the 1960s progressed, but also – with its outlaw protagonist, breakneck pacing and realistic backdrop – it exerted a huge influence on numerous films to follow.

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La velocità della luce

March 12, 2010 Matt Blake 1

La velocità della luce is an obscure little Italian thriller that had a limited Italian theatrical release in 2008. Unfortunately, it never had any kind of international distribution, even on the festival circuit, so the only way it can be seen is in an unsubtitled Italian version… it deserves more.

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R.I.P. Giuseppe Castellano

March 10, 2010 Matt Blake 1

It’s being reported on Nocturno that Italian character actor Giuseppe Castellano died earlier in March. Castellano was one of those faces who pops up all over the place in Italian exploitation films of the 1960s and 1970s

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Trappola d’autore

March 9, 2010 Matt Blake 0

Just out on DVD in Italy is Franco Salvia’s Trappola d’autore, which kind of slipped by me and I don’t think is even listed on IMDB yet

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R.I.P. Nini Grassia

March 2, 2010 Matt Blake 0

Director Nini Grassia, who won the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, has died at the age of 66. His heart stopped beating Sunday night in the clinic where he was hospitalized for liver cirrhosis.