Browsing the archives for the Italy tag

The Boss (1973)

AKA: Murder Inferno, Wipeout Director: Fernando Di Leo Starring: Henry Silva, Richard Conte, Gianni Garko, Antonia Santilli, Howard Ross, Marino Masé, Claudio Nicastro, Andrea Aureli, Pier Paolo Capponi Music: Luis Enríquez Bacalov Based on the novel “Il Mafioso” by Peter McCurtin Does any other actor do ‘menace’ like Henry Silva? Sure there were some good […]

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Karamurat Seyh Gaffara Karsi

Country: Turkey / Italy Director: Natuk Baytan, Ernst Hofbauer (Herb Al Baurr) Starring: Cüneyt (George) Arkin, Daniela Giordano, Pasquale Basile Music: Piero Picconi Karamurat Seyh Gaffara Karsi, a Turkish Italian co production, is an Arabian Nights style swashbuckler with a healthy dose of Kung-Fu thrown in for good measure. It starts with Mamaluth, a Khan […]

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Blazing Flowers (1978)

Country: Italy Director: Gianni Martucci Starring: Marc Porel, George Hilton, Anna Maria Rizzoli, Guido Leontini, Al Cliver, Barbara Magnolfi Despite what has to be one of the silliest English re-titlings of a EuroCrime film, Blazing Flowers, or Milano…Difendersi O Morire is a fair little action film without being remarkable in any way. The film stars […]

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Love in Four Easy Lessons (1976)

Country: Italy Director: Sergio Martino Starring: Ursula Andress, Barbara Bouchet, Johnny Dorelli, Aldo Maccione, Alberto Lionello Writers: Sandro Continenza, Raimondo Vianello Music: Enrico Simonetti AKA: Sex With a Smile 2 Original Title: Spogliamoci così senza pudor I am nothing if not predictable – and it appears, a glutton for punishment. It’s obvious that I have […]

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Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

AKA: Mountain Of The Cannibal, Primitive Desires, Prisoner Of The Cannibal God, The Mountain Of The Cannibal God Director: Sergio Martino Starring: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina, Franco Fantasia Music: Guido & Maurizio De Angelis Those in the know will realise that Slave Of The Cannibal God is the cut version of […]

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The Sensuous Nurse (1975)

Original Title: (L’Infermiera) AKA: I Will If You Will, The Nurse, The Secrets of a Sensuous Nurse. Director: Nello Rossati Starring: Ursula Andress, Jack Palance, Duilio Del Prete, Luciana Paluzzi, Marina Confalone, Mario Pisu, Lino Toffolo, Carla Romanelli Music: Gianfranco Plenizio I struggle with Italian comedy. True, my experiences have been limited to a few […]

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Destruction Force (1977)

Country: Italy Original Title: La Banda del trucido Director: Stelvio Massi Starring: Luc Merenda, Tomas Milian, Elio Zamuto, Franco Citti, Katia Christine, Rosario Borelli Music: Bruno Canfora Destruction Force is another poliziotteschi, and despite the title, there really is no “force” involved. By that I mean, it’s not a tough band of men within the […]

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Four Times That Night (1972)

Original Title: Quante volte… quella notte Director: Mario Bava Starring: Brett Halsey, Daniela Giordano, Dick Randall, Pacal Petit, Calisto Calisti Music: Coriolano Gori Four Times That Night is an Italian sex comedy. I know what your thinking – why on earth would I want to sit through a tacky Italian sex comedy from the early […]

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The Big Racket (1976)

Original Title: Il grande racket Country: Italy Director: Enzo G. Castellari Starring: Fabio Testi, Vincent Gardenia, Renzo Palmer, Orso Maria Guerrini, Glauco Onorato, Marcella Michelangeli, Romano Puppo Music: Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis In 1987, when Robocop was released at the cinemas, I was living in the Central Victorian city of Bendigo. Like most […]

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Revolver (1973)

AKA: Blood In The Streets Director: Sergio Sollima Starring: Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Agostina Belli, Daniel Beretta, Paola Pitagora Music: Ennio Morricone There’s one trait in Italian crime thrillers that I really admire. Nearly all of them, no matter how hyper stylised and cartoon like they may be during their running time, at the end […]

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