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Friday, June 5, 2009

Eurocrime

During the 1970's, Italy was hit by a number of very bloody and very violent crime waves connected to the Mafia, terrorists, gangsters.... So it was not strange that Italian cinema quickly picked up this new social phenomenon and poured out in the end more than 250 Eurocrime movies. This new genre of movies, based in the beginning on American gangster movies, gave work to a lot of movie stars, Italian and foreign, who were already household names in other genres like spaghetti westerns, Italian horror movies, gialli... with names like Franco Nero, Antonio Sabato, John Saxon, Joe Dallesandro, Henry Silva or Fred Williamson. Even Marisa Mell could not escape this trend in movie making. She also appeared in some Eurocrime movies like "Milano Rovente" with Antonio Sabato, "L'ultima volta" with Joe Dallesandro or "La belva col mitra" with Helmut Berger. Mike Malloy has been hard at work on a new documentary called "Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films that Ruled the ‘70s", togehter with the expert participation of genre genius Kier-La Janisse. Mike Malloy has pulled together a roster of the top actors and directors in the Italian crime genre in order to get their perspectives on these tough, brutal, and occasionally dangerous films. A release in late 2009 is anticipated.

2 comments:

Keith said...

I can't wait for this. I love all the awesome Italian crime movies from the 1970's. Those are some of my favorite movies to watch. I hope you had a great weekend.

marisamell said...

That's interesting! Thanks for sharing it.

A friend of mine is copying the MM films for you, btw. Sorry I haven't been writing lately, but the whole movie thing requires too much time.

Love, A.