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BiographyElio Petri was a political Italian filmmaker. He was born to a working-class familiy on January 29, 1929 and died of cancer on November 10, 1982 in Rome. Beginning in 1951 he worked as an assistant of Giuseppe De Santis. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elio_Petri [Oct 2005]
La Decima vittima / 10th Victim (1965) - Elio Petri
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La Decima vittima / 10th Victim (1965) - Elio Petri [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Long before reality shows took over the TV airwaves and violent parodies like Series 7 and Battle Royale hit international screens, Elio Petri made this campy social satire of a future in which the bored, the ambitious, and the just plain violent can sign up for a deadly game of cat and mouse. "The Big Hunt is necessary as a social safety valve," explains one TV personality. "Why control births when we can control deaths?" Marcello Mastroianni, who plays the womanizing Italian media darling with a gift for ingenious assassinations, becomes the target of sexy champion Ursula Andress, a New York Amazon with a wardrobe as deadly as it is chic. She'll pocket $1 million if she can successfully kill Mastroianni, her 10th and last victim, but on the side she concocts a deal to do the deed in concert with a live song-and-dance extravaganza mounted by a tea company.
Directed with tongue firmly in cheek, Petri lampoons the whole media obsession with high-risk contests and games of chance with cool style, absurdly chic fashions, a bouncy score of organ riffs and funky lounge sounds, and a comically blasť performance by Mastroianni. It's like Fellini gone ballistic with a hint of Divorce, Italian Style: a battle of the sexes in a world where spontaneous shootouts are forever erupting in the fringes of the frame. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) - Lee Kresel, Elio Petri
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto/Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) - Lee Kresel, Elio Petri [IMDb.com]
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