Author Archives: Matt Blake

About Matt Blake

The WildEye is a blog dedicated to the wild world of Italian cinema (and, ok, sometimes I digress into discussing films from other countries as well). Peplums, comedies, dramas, spaghetti westerns... they're all covered here.

Adam Chaplin

Adam Chaplin, a sci fi / horror movie made in Italy in 2011, tries so hard to be extreme, to be different that it ends up being tedious. Continue reading

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Mario Monicelli interview

An interview with the late maestro of Commedia all’Italian, Mario Monicelli, which I found on the web and have translated into English Continue reading

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Last Chance, The (aka Scacco internazionale)

Ostensibly a spy film, The Last Chance in fact bears more of a resemblance to the brace of late-sixties crime films (The Insatiables, The Falling Man, Date for a Murder etc.) that were being produced at the time. Continue reading

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The Lookout (aka Le guetteur)

The Lookout, aka Le guetteur, a Franco-Italian crime film directed by Michele Placido in 2012, is a throwback to the poliziotteschi of the 1970s Continue reading

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Bitter Rice

Giuseppe De Santis’s 1949 classic Bitter Rice holds up amazingly well today, better than most of the neo-realist classics of its time, partially because of its cinematic prowess. Continue reading

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Slap the Monster on the Front Page

Slap the Monster on the Front Page is a political thriller from Marco Bellochio starring Gian Maria Volonte Continue reading

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The Master Touch

The Master Touch was a high profile heist film from the reliable Michele Lupo starring Kirk Douglas, Giuliano Gemma and Florinda Bolkan Continue reading

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