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Carlo Lizzani – Mussolini ultimo atto AKA The Last Days of Mussolini (1974)

In 1945, Benito Mussolini goes to Milan to talk with Archbishop Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster to request his help in escaping from Italy. The Republic of Salò, the last bastion of fascism, is decaying, and the Americans, along with the partisans are about to win control of Milan. Mussolini flees, pursued by his lover Claretta Petacci, and manages to get to the northern village of Dongo. There he clashes with the Germans, who order him to disguise himself as an officer of Germany rather than be captured by the partisans. Mussolini accepts without objection, always hoping for a revolt of his loyal fascists, but they are in jeopardy. When Mussolini is recognised, Walter Audisio, the leader of the partisans, initially wants to hand him over to the Americans, so that Mussolini undergoes due process. But the war crimes of the Duce are too great, so Audisio makes the decision to shoot him in front of the Villa Belmonte in the village of Giulino, along with his female companion. Read More »

Damiano Damiani – L’istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi aka The Case Is Closed, Forget It (1971)

“Because of a violation of traffic regulations an architect is put in prison. There he witnesses the grim reality of life behind bars: corrupt staff, corrupt inmates, an inhuman judicial system and the power of the Mafia.

“L´istruttoria e chiusa: dimentichi” – which translates into “The investigation is closed: forget about it” is one in a series of political thrillers Damiano Damiani (when he was good, he could to some extent rival Francesco Rosi, when he became pretentious and preachy he was intolerable) specialized in in the late 60´s through the 70´s. Its overall target is the corrupt Italian state of that day and age. Its means is classic melodrama of the wrongful accused who has to live through purgatory. Because he is wrongful accused, an intellectual and played by the then handsome Franco Nero we pity him for that (there is ample space for the suspicion that we would perceive his private hell in public custody as appropriate were he a criminal).To prove his case Damiani this time took the easy way out and that´s why his film is – judged by Damiani´s own best abilities – bordering on the mediocre side – and still worth watching; which is an achievement in itself.”
by Georgios Tsapanos ( IMDB) Read More »

Damiano Damiani – Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica AKA Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

Commissioner Bonavia has hygiene-obsessed mafioso Lipuma release from the insane asylum where he has been incarcerated for the past six years knowing fullwell that Lipuma’s first action once released will be to make an attempt on his former rival Dubrosio’s life.

Indeed this is what Bonavia, who is pursuing his own personal vendetta against Dubrosio is counting on; he knows that there is no point in pursuing legal channels when just about the entirety of the Palmero administration and judiciary is in league with Dubrosio. Read More »

William A. Graham – 21 Hours at Munich (1976)

21 Hours at Munich (1976)

A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered eleven Israeli athletes. Read More »

Damiano Damiani – Perché si uccide un magistrato? AKA How to Kill a Judge (1974)

International superstar Franco Nero (of DJANGO and DIE HARD 2 fame) stars as Giacomo Solaris, a director whose latest film depicts a prominent Sicilian judge as being on the Mafia’s payroll. But when the actual judge is found murdered, Solaris begins his own investigation. Has the Mob found a way to corrupt the nation’s top prosecutors? Should Solaris’ movie bear some responsibility for the killing? Or will a string of brutal assassinations lead to the most shocking conspiracy of all? Read More »

Lucio Fulci – Le colt cantarono la morte e fu… tempo di massacro AKA Massacre Time (1966)

A wealthy land baron’s sadistic son has taken to abusing the local citizenry with his bullwhip in perverse, evil games.
Prospector Franco Nero returns home to help his alcoholic half-brother and finds a maniacal, bullwhip-wielding tyrant controlling the land and Nero’s sibling.
Nero joins forces with his kin to try to beat the sadistic creep and his followers. Read More »

Giuliano Montaldo – Dio è con noi AKA 5th Day of Peace” (1970)

Italian anti-war movie, a real case.
Bud Spencer has a minor role.Plays the role of Corporal. Read More »