CRIME FILMS, ITALIAN STYLE
For fans of Italian crime movies from the 1960s and 1970s, I want to tout critic/film historian Roberto Curti’s new book Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980 from McFarland and Co. I have not read it yet but Roberto is an expert on Italian cinema and graciously contributed some insights on Pamela Tiffin’s career in Italy for my hopefully upcoming book tentatively titled Runaway Actress: Pamela Tiffin from Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974.
Below is the publisher’s promotion blurb about Roberto’s book:
In 1970s Italy, after the decline of the Spaghetti Western, crime films became the most popular, profitable and controversial genre. In a country plagued with violence, political tensions and armed struggle, these films managed to capture the anxiety and anger of the times in their tales of tough cops, ruthless criminals and urban paranoia. Recent years have seen renewed critical interest in the genre, thanks in part to such illustrious fans as Quentin Tarantino.
This book examines all of the 220+ crime films produced in Italy between 1968 and 1980, the period when the genre first appeared and grew to its peak. Entries include a complete cast and crew list, home video releases, a plot summary and the author’s own analysis. Excerpts from a variety of sources are included: academic texts, contemporary reviews, and interviews with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors. There are many onset stills and film posters.
Trailers for The Day of the Owl one of the films profiled with my favorite Italian actor, Franco Nero: