Italian cinema of the past and present
Last of the Badmen is a bit of a favourite of mine, and shows George Hilton at his best with a performance that seems to encapsulate the intriguing divisions within his acting persona.
In many ways The Sweet Body of Deborah can be seen as an archetypal pre-Argento giallo. The motivating factors are greed, lust and hatred rather than pseudo-psychological disturbance.
Suave, milk-drinking Bronson Terrail (George Hilton) arrives in town and immediately challenges the local cardsharp Lucas (George Eastman) to a game of poker. Much to everybody’s surprise, he wins.
Good News was another science fiction film for Elio Petri, although anyone expecting more of the out-and-out freakiness that so informed Todo modo is likely to be surprised.
For some reason, Elio Petri is a filmmaker who seems to have slipped off the cultural (and counter-cultural) radar.