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<<< July 11 - 24, 2008
|Italian Grindhouse: Assault of
the Deadly Celluloid
An Egyptian Theatre exclusive!
From the early 1960s throughout the 1970s, Italy supplied
some of the most flat-out entertaining genre pictures in the world. Sword-and-sandal peplum,
Gothic horror, spaghetti westerns, nunsploitation, spy opuses, giallo thrillers and
poliziotteschi (crime actioners) many found their way into second-tier
American movie theatres at one time or another (and now, into an ever-widening market of
DVD releases). Following our popular giallo weekend two years ago, were happy
to once more delve into the treasure trove of Italian cinematic blasts-from-the-past,
screening movies that are sure to put a smile on the face of the most jaded,
Euro-exploitation film fiend. Showcased are rarely screened spaghetti westerns THE BIG
GUNDOWN and THE MERCENARY, crime films THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS, BIG
GUNS (French star Alain Delons sole foray into the Italian genre), THE FAMILY
(with Charles Bronson), Tinto Brass Pop Art giallo DEADLY SWEET and
his freaky piece of psychedelia THE HOWL, as well as encore presentations of Dario
Argentos 4 FLIES ON GREY VELVET, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and DEEP
RED (if youve only seen Argentos latest MOTHER OF TEARS, be sure to check
out these gems from earlier in his career), Umberto Lenzis ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY
WEAPON and ALMOST HUMAN and more! (Please note: Many of these are
original 35mm prints from the era and, though in reasonably good condition, there has been
slight fading of color and wear-and-tear on some prints. A few films are being screened
from a digital video source see individual film listings. All films are
dubbed-in-English, unless otherwise noted.)
Friday, July 11 7:30 PM
Spaghetti Western Double Feature:
THE BIG GUNDOWN, 1966, Sony Repertory, 91 min. Dir. Sergio
Sollima. Bounty hunter Corbett (Lee Van Cleef) is hired by wealthy Brokston (Walter
Barnes) to hunt down bandit Cuchillo (Tomas Milian) for the rape murder of a
teenage girl. But as Corbett tracks the cagey fugitive, he starts to have his doubts about
Cuchillos guilt and to wonder if there is more at stake than Brokston is letting on.
One of the great spaghetti westerns, abetted by one of Ennio Morricones most
beautiful scores, GUNDOWN compares favorably with the best of Leones Eastwood
trilogy. NOT ON DVD
CUTTHROATS NINE, 1972, Grindhouse Releasing, 90 min. Joaquin
Romero Marchent directed this notorious Spanish-Italian western. A cavalry troop
escorts chained convicts through a treacherous mountain range. When the convoy is attacked
by bandits, the balance of power shifts, and the only surviving soldier (Robert Hundar)
must still somehow transport the prisoners in addition to protecting his teenage daughter
(Emma Cohen). Labeled by fans as one of the goriest Euro westerns ever made, the
American distributors dispensed "terror masks" to audience patrons on its
Saturday, July 12 7:30 PM
Giallo Triple Feature:
4 FLIES ON GREY VELVET (4 MOSCHE DI VELLUTO
GRIGIO), 1971, Paramount, 104 min. Michael Brandon is a rock drummer who
thinks he accidentally killed the strange man who was following him. Mimsy Farmer
is his high-strung wife, and Bud Spencer is "God," Brandons pal who
lives in a shack by the river. Soon a maniac blackmails Brandon with photos of the
"killing" and begins murdering people in horrible ways, all set to a creepy
Ennio Morricone score. One of Dario Argentos hardest-to-see pictures.
Dont miss this super-rare screening! NOT ON DVD.
BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (LUCCELLO
DALLE PIUME DI CRISTALLO), 1970, 96 min. Director Dario Argentos debut
feature was a huge success and codified the classic giallo thriller formula.
Visiting American writer Tony Musante witnesses an attempted murder when he becomes
trapped in an art gallery. He fails to glimpse the assailants face, but the
black-clad killer starts dogging his trail when not busy dispatching beautiful women. Suzy
Kendall is Musantes girl. A great cast join in the fun, including disturbed
gallery owner Eva Renzi, hit man Reggie Nalder and cat-loving painter Mario
Adorf. With perhaps Morricones greatest giallo score.
RED RINGS OF FEAR (ENIGMA ROSSO), 1978, 85 min.
Director Alberto Negrin wraps up the SOLANGE trilogy in this giallo where
more sexually precocious schoolgirls bite the dust. Fabio Testi is the police
inspector on the murderers trail, and Christine Kaufmann is his girlfriend.
Chock-full of red herrings, perverse twists, sleazy situations, outrageous dialogue and an
out-of-left-field climax, punctuated by Riz Ortolanis groovy score. (Screened
from a digital video source.) NOT ON DVD
Sunday, July 13 7:30 PM
Italian Crime Double Feature:
THE VIOLENT PROFESSIONALS (MILANO TREMA
LA POLIZIA VUOLE GIUSTIZIA), 1973, Grindhouse Releasing, 104 min. Giallo master Sergio
Martino helmed other genre pictures, too, including this ultra-violent and subversive poliziotteschi.
Ferocious cop Luc Merenda (TORSO) swears revenge when his boss is murdered. He
infiltrates a prostitution ring, but soon uncovers evidence of a major political
conspiracy. Right-wing politicians are secretly manipulating radicals as pawns so
theyll have an excuse to step in and order a major clampdown. Co-starring Richard
BIG GUNS (TONY ARZENTA), 1973, 90 min. Dir. Duccio
Tessari. Alain Delon stars in his only Italian crime film as Tony Arzenta, a
Sicilian hit man hoping to retire so he can concentrate on a peaceful life with his wife
and son. His superior Richard Conte is not happy, and a coterie of bosses decides
to eliminate him. But when his wife and son are the accidental victims, Delon goes on a
clandestine rampage to destroy his former associates. With Carla Gravina, Nicoletta
Machiavelli, Erika Blanc, Anton Diffring. NOT ON DVD
Thursday, July 17 7:30 PM
DEEP RED (PROFONDO ROSSO), 1975, 106 min. Dir. Dario
Argento. From the opening with a child slashing someone and a bloody knife dropping to
the floor, were plunged into an ever-deepening pool of repressed terrors. David
Hemmings is a pianist sucked into an undertow of escalating homicide after he
witnesses the murder of psychic Macha Meril. One of Argentos most
justly-famous gialli, where something as simple as a lizard writhing on the floor
could represent a childs wounded psyche, bound some day to erupt in spectacular fits
of murder. With Daria Nicolodi. More on this movie!
THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (IL DIO CHIAMATO
DORIAN), 1970, 93 min. Massimo Dallamano (WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE?) directs
this Mod, super-trashy update on Oscar Wildes classic. Narcissistic youth Dorian (Helmut
Berger) has his portrait painted by his artist friend Basil (Richard Todd).
As time passes and he falls into an ever-more-decadent lifestyle, he remains perpetually
young. However, his painting registers every bit of his depravity, drawing him deeper into
an inescapable nightmare, culminating in murder. With Herbert Lom, Marie Liljedahl,
Margaret Lee. NOT ON DVD More
on this movie!
Friday, July 18 7:30 PM
Tomas Milian/Umberto Lenzi Crime Triple Feature:
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (ROMA A
MANO ARMATA), 1976, Grindhouse Releasing, 80 min. Director Umberto Lenzi
(SPASMO) turns out one of the most gonzo, over-the-top Euro crime films youll ever
see, a picture that compares favorably in pace and impact to Kinji Fukasakus 1970s
yakuza thrillers. Maurizio Merli is the hot-tempered cop on the trail of
wisecracking hunchback "Il Gobbo" (charismatic Tomas Milian), a psycho
thief who occasionally enjoys machine- gunning innocent bystanders just for the hell of
it! With Arthur Kennedy, Ivan Rassimov. NOT ON DVD
ALMOST HUMAN (MILANO ODIA: LA POLIZIA NON PUO SPARERE),
1974, 90 min. Umberto Lenzis
"I-cant-believe-what-Im-seeing-on-screen" epic. Big-mouth sociopath Tomas
Milian convinces his crime partners to kidnap the teen daughter of a wealthy
businessman. But things go wrong, spurring resentful Milian to massacre an astounding
number of people who cross his path at the wrong moment. Refusing to render a happy ending
for anyone, including hardboiled cop Henry Silva, and set to a throbbing
score by Ennio Morricone, this is a shocking 1970s pulp classic. More
on this movie!
THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST (IL
CINICO, LINFAME, IL VIOLENTO), 1977, 100 min. Dir. Umberto Lenzi. Maurizio
Merli reprises his role as the apoplectic cop from ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. This
time hes going after small-time crime boss Tomas Milian, who is allied with
big-shot New York mobster John Saxon. But shrewd Milian ("The Cynic") is
maneuvering to play lawman Merli ("The Fist") and Saxon ("The Rat")
off against each other. ASSAULT composer Franco Micalizzi supplies another pulse-pounding
score. (Screened from a digital video source.) NOT ON DVD
Saturday, July 19 7:30 PM
Super-Rare Tinto Brass Double Feature:
DEADLY SWEET (COL CUORE IN GOLA), 1967, Cult Epics, 107
min. A psychedelic giallo by Tinto Brass, starring Ewa Aulin (CANDY)
and Jean-Louis Trintignant. After finding his business contact murdered, a French
actor protects the young woman he discovers at the scene and decides to hunt the killers
himself. A mind-bending series of Pop Art visuals follows as he plunges into the London
underworld, created by renowned erotic cartoonist Guido Crepax (Valentina). Unseen
since its initial release, the films two leads went on to co-star in the legendary
DEATH LAID AN EGG the very next year. In Italian with English subtitles. (Screened from
a digital video source.) NOT ON DVD More on this movie!
THE HOWL (LURLO), 1970, Cult Epics, 93 min. A
surrealist classic by Tinto Brass, filled with eye-shattering imagery, visual
jokes, impossible characters, riotous comedy and punk rock well before its time. A bride
escapes her wedding with a stranger, and together they trek though increasingly bizarre
lands. They come across talking animals, mournful exhibitionists and a psychedelic hotel,
instigate a prison riot, escape from cannibals and battle a wind-up midget dictator!
Featuring Tina Aumont and Italy's great clown Luigi Proietti, cavorting in
the anarchist spirit of the 1960s. In Italian with English subtitles. (Screened from a
digital video source.) NOT ON DVD More on this movie.
Sunday, July 20 7:30 PM
Sergio Corbucci Spaghetti Western Double Feature:
New 35mm Print: THE MERCENARY (IL MERCENARIO), 1968, MGM Repertory, 105 min. Franco
Nero is a Polish dandy-cum-mercenary who becomes uneasy allies with Mexican
revolutionary Tony Musante in this action-packed, very entertaining and often very
funny spaghetti western. Jack Palance is in rare form as their nemesis, a prissy
bounty hunter with a sadistic sense of humor. Quentin Tarantino reused Ennio
Morricones "LArena" piece from the soundtrack to stirring effect in
KILL BILL: VOL. II. Director Sergio Corbucci went on to reprise the same general
storyline with Nero, Palance and Tomas Milian with COMPAŅEROS in 1971. NOT ON DVD. More on this movie!
New 35mm Print: NAVAJO JOE, 1966, MGM Repertory, 93 min. Dir. Sergio
Corbucci (THE GREAT SILENCE). Burt Reynolds (himself part Indian) is Joe, the
lone-wolf Navajo, in one of his first lead movie roles. When his wife is butchered by
scalphunters led by the ultra-cruel Aldo Sambrell, Joe agrees to help the
neighboring town recover its gold shipment that was stolen by the lawless bunch. Ennio
Morricone (under pseudonym Leo Nichols) contributes a score that ranks alongside THE GOOD,
THE BAD AND THE UGLY as one of his most exhilarating (Tarantino again reprised a piece
from this soundtrack in KILL BILL: VOL. II.) More on this
Thursday, July 24 7:30 PM
Italian Crime Double Feature:
THE FAMILY (CITTA VIOLENTA aka VIOLENT CITY), 1970, 100 min.
Dir. Sergio Sollima. Killer Charles Bronson is chased by double-crossers
while on a vacation with main squeeze Jill Ireland and, after mucho mayhem, left
for dead. But Bronson re-emerges from prison to hunt through the New Orleans underworld
for his traitorous comrades. He gets more than he bargains for, running into duplicitous
Ireland and her new hubby, mob boss Telly Savalas who wants to hire Bronson -- and
wont take no for an answer. "One stylish action scene after
whipped into a frenzy by Ennio Morricone's shredded electro
soundtrack..." Grady Hendrix, New York Sun More
on this movie!
CALIBER 9 (MILANO CALIBRO 9), 1972, 100 min. Right
at the top of the finest crime films from maestro, Fernando Di Leo (THE BOSS,
MISTER SCARFACE, TO BE TWENTY). Tough guy, Ugo (Gastone Moschin) is released from
stir only to be harassed by an abusive police inspector (the great Frank Wolff in
one of his final roles) and former gang partners led by sadistic Mario Adorf. Both
want to know the location of stolen loot. Ugo is a surprisingly complex, misfit loner, but
is as ruthless as his enemies. He hooks up with former girlfriend Barbara Bouchet
and pal Philippe Leroy to try to even the odds. (Screened from a digital video
source.) NOT ON DVD.