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.

Walter Brandi

Just who was Walter Brandi? Well, to some people he’s best known as an Italian b-movie star of the early sixties, a solid if not particularly inspiring presence in numerous gothic horror films and historical adventures. Continue reading

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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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