aka Il sicario
Director: Damiano Damiani
International release information: Germany – Das Bittere Leben (13.10.61 – 106′); US – Blood Feud
Produced by Europa Cinematografica / Galatea, Milano.
Story & screenplay: Damiano Damiani, Cesare Zavaytini
Cinematography: Pier Ludovico Pavoni
Music: Roberto Nicolosi
Editor: Antonietta Zita
Art direction: Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni, Antonio Visone
Cast: Belinda Lee (Ileana Torelli), Sylva Koscina (Carla), Sergio Fantoni (Riccardo), Alberto Lupo (Giulio Torelli), Pietro Germi (Bolognesi), Andrea Checchi (Frisler), Lauro Gazzolo (Burlando), Margareta Puratich (Luciana), Bianca Doria (Giovanna Torelli), Nerio Bernardi (Avvocato), Ivano Staccioli (Vincenzo Lo Popolo), Stella Battista (Patrizia Torelli), Milena Vukotic (Renata, Segretaria), Rina Franchetti (La Juzzi), Bruno Smith (Industriale), Gianni Musy Glori (Invitato Al Party), Irene Aloise, Victor Touriansky, Emanuela Levi, Attilio Dottesio, Giulio Marchetti, Gualtiero Isnenghi
Plot: A man hired to commit murder finds himself unable to do the deed in this crime drama. ~ All Movie Guide
Notes: This was a well thought of film at the time of it’s release (critics described it as being stylistically impressive and well written, but including elements of social drama that seem out of place), but nowadays it seems to have been rather forgotten. Which is a shame… it’s got an interesting cast (including British and Italian sexpots Belinda Lee and Sylva Koscina), as well as a couple of notable filmmakers in front of the camera (Pietro Germi, Viktor Tourjansky). And then it’s directed by Damiano Damiani, working with writer Cesare Zavatini (the same team as were behind Lipstick). I’d like to see this released on DVD.