John Cassavetes in Machine Gun McCain

10 Best Italian crime films, 1945 – 1969

October 15, 2017 Matt Blake 0

It’s been a couple of years now since I published In the Name of the Law, my book about Italian crime films prior to the poliziotteschi trend, but here’s a little bit of content I wrote for it which never made it into the final cut… my top ten Italian crime films made between 1945 and 1969.

Giancarlo Giannini is caught with his trousers down in Buone notizie

Elio Petri: Good News

May 25, 2017 Matt Blake 0

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.

Gian Maria Volonte and incriminating paper trail in Todo Modo

Elio Petri: Todo Modo

March 28, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Elio Petri’s tendency towards obfuscation stepped up yet another gear with Todo modo (76), which is one of the strangest films ever made. Set in the near future, it delineates an Italian society that is run by a coalition between powerful industries, the ‘party’ and – above all – the Catholic Church.

Gian Maria Volonte in his normal restrained mode in The Working Class Goes to Heaven

Elio Petri: The Working Class Go To Heaven

October 6, 2016 Matt Blake 0

Volonté and Petri joined forces again for 1971’s The Working Class Goes to Heaven and, impressively, they managed to concoct something that was even more hysterical than Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion.