|Title:||Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s|
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|12.10.16||Internet|| Finally saw this because it popped up on Amazon Prime. This could not be more up my alley, and it joins a great collection of docs that feel inspired or at least influenced by the Alamo and its taste-making original staff.|
So I loved it, but the production is kinda cheap, they really over-use a few final cut filters, the quality of interviews is a little variable, and it probably goes on too long for normal people who aren't fanatic about movies... but then again I'm not sure a normal person who isn't fanatic about movies would ever see this, so I guess the length is alright. Also, I could've maybe used a little bit more editorial concentration. There are clips of like a thousand movies in here but you see most of them for less than a second. I get that the sheer amount of these films produced is part of the point being made, but some people (ahem) may have been keeping a text file open and running a list to track down and see later, and in that regard this movie runs too damn fast to absorb everything. And why not have Tarantino on here? I was missing a voice from an admirer. The last chapter of the film, dealing with revival, is much too short. I feel like everyone involved was ready for the movie to be over, but in that case just cut the whole thing, you know?
But enough of my nitpicking. I really did love it. I loved learning more about the cultural context of early 70s Italy, seeing the dots connected between American successes like The Godfather and The French Connection with the Italian hits that took inspiration from those films, to the fad-based scene that sprouted up and flooded theaters with the genre.
Italian cinema of the 60s, 70s, and 80s was pretty funny because you could point out those fads pretty easily. I'm sure to go to a theater in Rome during that time it was not so cut and dry but these days, looking back, there certainly was a progression. You also see how the genres lead into one another, which is something this film doesn't get into but a lasting memory I have of Tarantino's introduction to Tony Arzenta AKA No Way Out AKA Big Guns (which is mentioned in passing here). That film is like a police revenge film with giallo murders, and as you watch it you totally see the influences melding. I friggin love that stuff.
...sorry, got distracted with an image search of Rosalba Neri. Where was i? Oh yeah, I loved this.