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POLIZIOTTESCHI: ITALIAN CRIME FILMS IN THE YEARS OF LEAD

February at the Trylon

By the early 1970s, violence had become commonplace in Italian politics. Assassinations, kidnappings, and car bombs were deployed as neo-fascists and far-rightists battled far-left activists for power. Reflecting this carnage, the hundreds of Italian crime films made in that period used techniques similar to those seen in 1960s spaghetti westerns. This month we present four of our favorites.

INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION

(1970, DCP, 115m, Italian w/English subtitles) dir Elio Petri w/Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio. A chief homicide detective (Volontè) murders his mistress and then conducts the investigation into the crime, leaving obvious clues to prove that there can be no consequences for men in power. Petri’s biting satire of fascist political control is […]


Showings: Feb. 5 6:30, Feb. 6 7:00, 9:15, Feb. 7 7:00, 9:15

CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN

(1971, DCP, 106m) dir Damiano Damiani w/Franco Nero, Martin Balsam, Marilù Tolo. When seemingly every level of city and state government is rife with corruption, Police Commissioner Bonavia (Balsam) turns to illegal means to take down the mob—while trying to negotiate a tenuous relationship with the idealistic new deputy D.A. (Nero). Smart, gritty, and sardonic. […]


Showings: Feb. 12 7:30, Feb. 13 7:00, 9:15, Feb. 14 7:00, 9:15

REVOLVER

(1973, 35mm, 111m) dir Sergio Sollima w/Oliver Reed, Fabio Testi, Paola Pitagora. After prison warden Cipriani’s (Reed) wife is abducted, the kidnappers demand that he release a notorious convict, Ruiz (Testi). Full of twists and tension, this is a classic example of the polizzi flick. SUN 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00 9:15


Showings: Feb. 19 7:00, Feb. 20 7:00, 9:15, Feb. 21 7:00, 9:15

STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM

(1976, DCP, 99m) dir Alberto De Martino w/Stuart Whitman, John Saxon, Martin Landau. This gripping procedural follows misogynistic and homophobic Captain Tony Saitta (Whitman) as he attempts to find the person who killed his sister. It features one of cinema’s greatest car chases. SUN 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00 9:00


Showings: Feb. 26 7:00, Feb. 27 7:00, 9:00, Feb. 28 7:00, 9:00

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