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Patrick Still Lives

October 7, 2008 Matt Blake 0

Patrick Still Lives is a piece of trashy nonsense from the Gabriele Crisanti production stable. Crisanti was a former production designer – on films such as No Diamonds for Ursula – who turned his hands to producing after working for and learning from Fortunato Misiano

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October 2, 2008 Matt Blake 1

When a gang of bandits steal the safe from the bank in Daugherty City, it leaves all the townsfolk penniless and understandably angry. So they’re rather appreciative when it’s brought back by the mysterious Sabata (Lee Van Cleef), an inscrutable pistolero with dubious motivations.

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The Sicilian Clan

September 26, 2008 Matt Blake 0

The Sicilian Clan is a super-cool crime film from 1969, which stars three of the biggest names in French cinema – Alain Delon, Lino Ventura and Jean Gabin – and is directed by a master of the genre in Henri Verneuil.

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Romanzo criminale

September 15, 2008 Matt Blake 1

Here’s an excellent, classy, Italian crime thriller that takes its cues from City of God and The Godfather and also resembles another recent film, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, in using a true story set in the criminal underworld to tell the history of a city through the seventies and eighties.

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The Mother of Tears

September 9, 2008 Matt Blake 0

To be honest, it’s quite difficult to convey just how disappointing Dario Argento’s most recent film, The Mother of Tears, actually is. Now, to call this long-awaited is an understatement…

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Johnny West

August 29, 2008 Matt Blake 0

After dabbling with the spy film in Cave of Diamonds, Gianfranco Parolini turned to another genre that was just coming into vogue, the spaghetti western. Although undoubtedly a flawed film, Johnny West does hint at the much better westerns that he’d go on to make.

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Destinazione Piovarolo

August 19, 2008 Matt Blake 0

Partly in tribute to the late Marisa Merlini, I decided to dig out Destinazione Piovarolo, made just after she’d had considerable success in Pane, amore e fantasia (53) and it’s sequel Pane, amore e gelosia (54).