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.

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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Il caso Pisciotta

Here’s another film to deal with the fallout of the controversial murder of Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano, directed by Eriprando Visconti and starring Tony Musante Continue reading

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High Risk

In the early nineties, some experienced Italian directors were obliged to scout for work in the emerging film industries that were being established in former Soviet countries Continue reading

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Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond

I’m very pleased to announce the publication – at last! – of the second WildEye book. Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond is an in-depth look at the career of Italian actor Giorgio Ardisson. Continue reading

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Django – a contemporary review

A review of Django, taken and translated from the Italian newspaper Unita Continue reading

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Ciak… si Moroni

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… Continue reading

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Night of the Sorcerors

Night of the Sorcerors is an enjoyably tacky feast of breasts, blood and bad dubbing from Armando De Ossorio; ridiculous, naive and disarming in equal measures. Continue reading

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Jean Pierre Faye

It’s been a while, but continuing our on / off look at the history and career of black actors in Italy (and occasionally veering wider into other parts of Europe as well!).  And this time, we’re taking a look at … Continue reading

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