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Festival of Italian Poliziotteschi in NYC

Posted: June 19th, 2014, 11:25 am
by Mr. Arkadin
Starts today. If you're in the Big Apple & want to discover more about Italian police thrillers, this would be a good series to attend. Some great films that have never been released in the U.S., including Bandits in Milan (1968) & Confessions of a Police Captain (1971).

Trailer:
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Re: Festival of Italian Poliziotteschi in NYC

Posted: June 30th, 2014, 4:22 pm
by MikeBSG
I saw "Almost Human" a couple of years ago on DVD. The disc malfunctioned, so I didn't have the best experience. It seemed pretty indebted to "Dirty Harry" at points.

Re: Festival of Italian Poliziotteschi in NYC

Posted: July 1st, 2014, 10:50 pm
by Mr. Arkadin
I'm sure there was a lot of influence jumping back & forth. Poliziotteschi was in full swing by the early 70's, but roots go back to the mid 60's. Italy was the home of the mob & although some of these flicks were inspired by American gangster films of the 30's, the points of origin are right in their own back yard.

Re: Festival of Italian Poliziotteschi in NYC

Posted: July 4th, 2014, 7:05 am
by CineMaven
I just passed by the Anthology and saw I had missed this festival. Dang!! ( Did I see glimpses of Franco Nero and Joe Dalessandro?? ) Dang! Whoever edits these trailers is great. ( Still lovin' the Giallo one! )

Re: Festival of Italian Poliziotteschi in NYC

Posted: July 5th, 2014, 11:20 am
by Mr. Arkadin
Yes, Nero was in Confessions of a Police Captain (1971), while Florinda Bolkan is in Investigation of a Citizen Under Suspicion (1970), also classified as Giallo, which brings us to an important point: Many of these films are labeled by genre, but they often mix genres, much like Noir does. I consider What Have You Done to Our Daughters? (1974) & Rabid Dogs (1974) Giallo, but they could easily be described as Poliziotteschi as well.

If you're looking for a place to start in this genre, check out Sergio Sollima's films: Violent City (1970) & Revolver (1973). They stand up to some of the best American Noir of the period w/Morricone scores:

Violent City:

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Revolver:

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