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Let's get ready to rumble... it's Day of the Siege

Day of the Siege

I’m all for any attempt to revive that venerable cinematic form that is the Italian peplum, but by any stretch of the imagination Day of the Siege ain’t the film that’s going to do it.

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Excellent Cadavers, directed by Ricky Tognazzi

Not the Francesco Rosi film of the same name, but a TV movie directed by Ricky Tognazzi detailing Judge Giovanni Falcone’s battle against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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New out in Italy, Barbarossa, a costly epic from Renzo Martinelli, who previously directed controversial films like The Stone Merchant and Vajont.  Martinelli’s an iteresting filmmaker, he has a distinct popular sensibility and integrates this…