The Wild Eye Front CoverWelcome to The Wild Eye blog. A few words of introduction…

The Wild Eye is dedicated to the world of European Cinema of all types, new and old, popular or arthouse. The primary areas of interest for me, however, are Italian Cinema (from the 1950s to today) and contemporary British cinema, so expect those subjects to be make up the meat of the content.

As well as a blog, The Wild Eye also comes in book form. I am currently putting the final touches to an anthology – unsurprisingly called The Wild Eye – which I have edited with Julian Grainger, and we hope to release in the first half of next year. Subjects covered range from Elio Petri to Gianni Crea, from Alain Delon to Mel Welles, including articles, interviews, reviews and all the other fabulous stuff you’d expect. I will post regarding it’s progress regularly in the future. It is planned to be the first in a series of books, so keep your eyes open.

In the meantime, you may want to check out The European Film Review, where I keep a lot of my archive reviews, or The European Film Review Forum, where you can discuss everything to do with European Cinema. Please do interact with this blog, it really makes it all a lot more fun.

Matt Blake

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  1. I have just read the article re Carol Lobravico and William Berger. I would love to read whatever documents you have on the case. If you could email me copy that would be great. I will try to see if I can get a copy of Hombre Rovente.
    Many thanks Marilyn

  2. Hi Matt,

    Whats the best way to contact you? Working on a few foriegn language dvd releases that might be of interest.



  3. Dear Mr Blake – I hope you can help me…
    I’m looking for the title & director of a very black Italian comedy
    I saw many years ago. The plot of the move is that a Pater Familias dies and has to be
    dug up again – repeatedly – at night by his family – due to beurocratic complications to do with his party book or union card, in an attempt secure the widow’s pension. I would guess it was made ca 1950. Any ideas?
    Any help you can offer will be greatly apprceiated.

    Mille Grazie!

    Ørn Akselsen
    Bergen, Norway

    1. It’s not Italian, it’s Cuban: La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat) (1966), directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

  4. Just read your post on Peter Dane. I knew him when he lived in that apartment complex on Fairfax (or was it Hayworth). I helped me out tremendously…much like an older brother or father figure, at a time I really needed a friend.

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