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.
For 1969’s Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion, Elio Petri turned his eye to the then nascent urban crime thriller, a genre that reflected – and some would say preyed upon – the political and economic uncertainties rife in Metropolitan Italy at the time.
After all the high-concept exuberance of The Tenth Victim, We Still Kill the Old Way saw Petri move from sci-fi to the crime genre and, stylistically, marked a return to a more subtle, low-key approach.
Slap the Monster on the Front Page is a political thriller from Marco Bellochio starring Gian Maria Volonte
A short review of Marco Bellochio’s 1972 film, aka Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina, starring Gian Maria Volonte and John Steiner
A personality switch between a bandit leader and a dying university professor might have made an interesting variation on more familiar Italian Western themes…