|Title:||The Italian Connection|
|Director:||Fernando Di Leo|
|11.09.14||DVD||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2014|
Ever since QT6 I've tracked down a decent number of Di Leo gangster movies and liked most of them. I have a couple box sets on my shelf even but since they are now readily available to me I haven't gotten around to seeing them. This is the last of the first box set that I haven't seen and it's been sitting on my shelf for years now. Time to fix that!
So... I've come to expect certain things from a Di Leo movie and this does not disappoint. Beautiful women scantily clad? Check. Funky score? Check. J&B Scotch? Check. Sleazy low-level gangsters back stabbing each other? Double Check. I'd say what this one has that others don't is headbutts. Lots of headbutts.
Actually I like whoever this main Italian actor is. He's a total gorilla guy (kind of reminds me a tiny bit of the Milano Calibro 9 guy) but really gives off sympathy as a low level pimp sacrificed to the gangster gods and running for his life. Henry Silva and Woody Strode play hitmen from America being escorted around by a smoking hot lady in a sheer shirt. In the end there's a chase/shootout that feels an hour and a half long and it doesn't really end well for anyone. It fits the oevre perfectly.
I really don't think I can pick a favorite between the four movies in this box set. This, The Boss, Mr. Scarface, and Milano Calibro 9 are all amazing. Once again I have no good idea why I didn't watch this earlier... but that's what this fest is all about!
I'll have to crack the other boxset soon. I'm sure those are good as well although they are lesser known to me.
Anyway, looking at what I have left I think tonight will be a triple feature of music films from radically places, but first it's time to put some time in with the girlfriend and not act like I've been holing myself up all weekend watching movies and eating junk food.