However trivial – or downright ridiculous – the plot may become, Freda shows a mastery of sheer cinematic style that puts most of the more highly-touted Italian directors to shame. Like Minnelli or Sirk, Mizoguchi or Ophuls, Visconti or Fellini, he is in love with the visual and sensuous possibilities of the camera itself. The breathtaking decor and costumes (by Vittorio Nino Novarese, who went on to dress the most elephantine of Hollywood epics) are as strong a dramatic presence as the actors themselves. That’s no slight against the cast: Gassman was as great an actor as Marcello Mastroianni; Sanson and Canale are as strong as they are sensual, as gutsy as they are glamorous – a world away from the insipid sex objects that decorate most action movies!
Great adventure piece from an specialist in the genre like Freda, where you’ll find the traditional dynamism of this kind of action films. It could also be a sort of semi-fantastic tale with a strange and oppressive atmosphere. The italian director shows again his particular style: the transformation of space into tension and movement, with a very appropriate narrative sense. It’s Gassman’s debut as a lead actor; he plays Casanova, who is searching for a document that proves his brother’s innocence.
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