Tag Archives: Italian

Lucio Marcaccini – Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire AKA Hallucination Strip (1975)

Lucio Marcaccini’s only film, Hallucination Strip is a psychedelic trip with a social commentary. Bud Cort, in his debut performance, plays Massimo Monaldi, a student involved in political protests and juvenile delinquency. When Massimo steals a valuable tobacco box, he quickly becomes tangled in a dangerous web between the police and the mafia. Culminating in an extended and elaborately choreographed party sequence, underscored with an excellent soundtrack by Albert Verrecchia, Hallucination Strip excels with it’s not-so-subtle mix of sex, drugs, religion, politics and corruption. Read More »

Tinto Brass – Fermo posta Tinto Brass AKA P.O. Box Tinto Brass (1995)

This film is a series of letters, photos and video cassettes which women often send in to certain newspapers. By visualizing their story-telling (the name given by the psychologists to their fantasies) the film portrays the confessions, the secret longings, the adventures, recollections, dreams, desires and fantasies of these women. It is an open secret that most women dream of forbidden affairs, secret lovers and hasty encounters but when it comes down to it they lack the courage to pursue their dreams. Read More »

Luigi Magni – In nome del papa re AKA In the Name of the Pope King (1977)

In 1867, with Garibaldi’s forces close to bringing Rome into the Italian kingdom, Monsignor Colombo da Priverno, a world-weary judge on the papal court, wants to resign, disgusted by the violence to which the papacy resorts to hold secular power. That night, three rebels blow up the Zouaves’ barracks. Colombo learns that a brief liaison with a countess 20 years’ before produced a son, one of the rebels arrested for the bombing. He uses his influence to gain the youth’s release, hides him, and then engages in doomed battles of wit with the court and with the Black Pope to free the other two. Can this priest be a father, blunt power, and live out his faith? Read More »

Harald Philipp – Blonde Köder für den Mörder AKA The Blonde Connection AKA Death Knocks Twice (1969)

Synopsis:
While looking for a stolen diamond necklace,the private investigator Bob Martin uncovers a smart serial killer.

Review:
DEATH KNOCKS TWICE is an excellent vehicle for both leading man Dean Reed (in this film he reminds me of a cross between James Franciscus, Tab Hunter, and the pre-burnout Jan-Michael Vincent), who plays a detective out to solve a murder and robbery while stumbling across other corrupt activities, and for leading hunk Fabio Testi, who opens the film with a semi-nude outdoor love scene and seems to play half the film without his shirt on. Read More »

Rino Di Silvestro – Hanna D. – La ragazza del Vondel Park AKA Hanna D.: The Girl from Vondel Park (1984)

Hanna is a young woman with a dysfunctional family background who becomes addictive to heroin and takes up with a guy who pimps her out. As her life begins to slide, she meets a nice young man who falls in love with her and she tries to get clean but her old life will hunt her down. Read More »

Hans Schott-Schöbinger – Die Nackte Bovary aka I Peccati di Madame Bovary aka The Sins of Madame Bovary (1969)

From the IMDb:
“Emma Bovary is bored by her country doctor husband and gives in to the affections of several rich suitors as well as the temptation of living beyond her husband’s means.” Read More »

Pietro Marcello – Bella e perduta AKA Lost and Beautiful (2015)

Quote:
The foolish servant Pulcinella is sent from the depths of Mt. Vesuvius to present-day Campania to honor the last wishes of the poor shepherd Tommaso: his mission is to save a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. Pulcinella finds the animal at the former royal palace of Carditello, where Tommaso had looked after the ruined Bourbon estate in the heart of the Land of Fires. He takes the buffalo off to the north and the two servants, man and beast, travel through a beautiful and lost Italy, but their long journey’s end does not bring what they were hoping for. Read More »