Actor: GIAN MARIA VOLONTE'

Gian Maria Volonté (1933 - 1994)
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1.
Girl with a Suitcase (1961)
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Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl... (121 mins.)
Director: Valerio Zurlini
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
2.
The Four Days of Naples (1962)
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The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war... (116 mins.)
Director: Nanni Loy
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
3.
Un uomo da bruciare (1962)
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Political activist Salvatore returns to his native Sicily and stirs up trouble among the peasants, urging... (92 mins.)
“ ****
First leading role for G.M. Volonté, whose character was loosely inspired to the real life of Salvatore Carnevale, a Sicilian trade unionist who sacrificed his life to fight against Mafia and defend peasant rights in the 50's Sicily. Not Taviani brothers' best effort, but still a brave, passionate, committed work. ” - Caltiki05
 
4.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ 9/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
5.
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
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Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ ***** ” - Caltiki05
 
6.
A Bullet for the General (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A band of Mexican gun-runners employed by a revolutionary general lure an American mercenary into joining their gang, unaware that he is targeting their general. (118 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
“ **** 1/2 ” - Caltiki05
 
7.
For Love and Gold (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A group of misfits, headed by an incompetent knight named Brancaleone, set out to reach the small town of Aurocastro so that their leader can take possession of the fief. (120 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
8.
We Still Kill the Old Way (1967)
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A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it. (99 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
9.
Face to Face (1967)
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A history professor has a chance meeting with an infamous outlaw and eventually assumes leadership of his gang, commanding it with efficient, educated ruthlessness. (107 mins.)
Director: Sergio Sollima
“ **** 1/2 ” - Caltiki05
 
10.
The Violent Four (1968)
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A detective is assigned to head a manhunt for four violent bank robbers. (98 mins.)
Director: Carlo Lizzani
“ *****
Brilliant and faithful reconstruction of the last heist committed by the 'Banda Cavallero' and their infamous getaway through Milan's streets in Fall 1967. Shot in an experimental and semi-documentary style by Carlo Lizzani (here at his best), the film is an unconventional, very intense and realistic crime drama filled with exciting action sequences, though not lacking in social commentary or psychological development of the characters.
I have no words to describe the greatness of Volonté playing the egomaniac lead bandit Pietro Cavallero, who used to rob banks as an act of rebellion. For this performance alone, he would deserve a monument!
'Banditi a Milano' is one of the many unfairly forgotten jewels from 60's Italian cinema. ” - Caltiki05
 
11.
The Seven Cervi Brothers (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The true story of seven Italian brothers, farmers and catholic, who became communist and fought for justice and freedom against Fascism... (105 mins.)
Director: Gianni Puccini
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
12.
Sotto il segno dello scorpione (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Italian Drama Movie. In prehistoric times, a volcano erupts, resulting in loss a whole island under ash and lava. Survivors trying to convince a race (clan) to withdrawal, but something unexpected change their plans. (100 mins.)
“ 6/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
13.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
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A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (112 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ 10/10
One of the first Italian detective movies ever made. Political thriller but also psychological and surreal drama, it's probably the best in its genre. In a grotesque way, director and writer Elio Petri perfectly portrays the political and social contest in 70's Italy, period of violent civil demonstrations and heavy repression by authorities.
At the centre of the movie is a gorgeous Gian Maria Volonté, who plays the *beep* fascistoid and schizoid policeman ever seen on a screen. His omnipotence delirium is such that, after having committed a crime, intentionally leaves clues everywhere just to prove he's an untouchable citizen above suspicion. Volonté in his most intense and charismatic role!
The film is also remarkable for the original screenplay by Petri with Ugo Pirro and the amazing score by Ennio Morricone. ” - Caltiki05
 
14.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
15.
Many Wars Ago (1970)
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On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops. (101 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
16.
Lulu the Tool (1971)
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A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ *****
A provocative and controversial 1971 movie written and directed by Elio Petri, better known for 'Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion', who distinguished himself by his socially and politically engaging cinema. This film is a bitter and satirical portrait of the hard working-class life in 60's-70's Italy , among exploitation of factory workers, inhuman conditions, continual strikes, political clashes, general hysteria and alienation.
In comparison with 'Investigation', 'The Working Class goes to Heaven' is less technical and aesthetic, but more sincere and realistic; the ironic and grotesque tones are still present, though.
Once again in a Petri's work, the music is composed and directed by Ennio Morricone and the leading actor is Gian Maria Volonté, who superbly plays another extreme character. In this case, a neurotic, passionate and logorrheic worker, on the border of madness, who is first a real stakhanovite, and then a rabid activist. ” - Caltiki05
 
17.
Slap the Monster on Page One (1972)
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A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections. (86 mins.)
“ **** 1/2 ” - Caltiki05
 
18.
Giordano Bruno (1973)
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Flying from his enemies in the Catholic Church, the free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist Giordano... (115 mins.)
“ **** ” - Caltiki05
 
19.
Lucky Luciano (1973)
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Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss... (105 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
“ *** 1/2 ” - Caltiki05
 
20.
The Suspect (1975)
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(111 mins.)
 
21.
Todo modo (1976)
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Party leader and power broker Aldo Moro, holed up with his cronies and rivals at a monastic retreat where they plot their political fortunes while being led by a Jesuit cleric in spiritual cleansings. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ 9/10
"Todo modo para buscar la voluntad divina..."

Beyond the surface of a claustrophobic and dystopian political thriller, in 'Todo modo' (1976) we can find the harsh accusation that director Elio Petri made against the most important political party ever founded in Italy: the Democrazia Cristiana (DC). He put in evidence its ambiguous relationship with the Catholic Church and denounced the corruption and thirst for power of a party that had been ruling for over 30 years - from the 40's to the 70's.
Despite the dream-like narration, this visionary work offers an effective and substantially realistic vision of the dark side of my country. Maybe less solid than other masterpieces by the same director such as 'Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto' and 'La classe operaia va in paradiso', 'Todo modo' may be hard to follow because of the puzzling plot and the many metaphors. However, there's no doubt this is a great piece of art, a funny satire and one of the more illuminating political movies coming from Italy.
Unforgettable are the characters played by Volonté, Mastroianni and Ingrassia, as well as the solemn score by Morricone and the odd scenery by Dante Ferretti. Petri was a genius and a true classy filmmaker!

Freely adapted from Leonardo Sciascia's homonymous novel, the film was easily the main inspiration for Sorrentino's 'Il divo'. ” - Caltiki05
 
22.
I Am Afraid (1977)
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Journey into the fears of the escort agent Graziano, guilty of knowing too much. (120 mins.)
Director: Damiano Damiani
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
23.
Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979)
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In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli... (150 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
24.
Open Doors (1990)
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Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him... (108 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
“ ****
Palermo, 1937. A Fascist bureaucrat kills within a few hours the superior who sacked him, the colleague who replaced him and his own wife. Despite the capital punishment is almost certain, a liberal judge tries to save the accused (who's ironically in favour of the death penalty) and get a sentence of life imprisonment.
Intelligent courtroom drama that, without rhetoric, deals with the political interests behind the capital penalty and the corporate corruption in Fascist Italy. An immense (as usual) Volonté stands out among an excellent cast .

The movie was adapted from a Leonardo Sciascia's novel, based on an actual criminal trial. ” - Caltiki05
 
25.
Seasons of Our Love (1966)
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Vittorio Borghi, a middle-aged journalist torn between young mistress and wife he no longer loves, returns to his hometown Mantua. There he remembers childhood in the era of fascism, war and ghost of another woman he never forgot. (93 mins.)
 
26.
Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions. (120 mins.)
 
27.
The Mattei Affair (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company... (116 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
“ 8/10 ” - Caltiki05
 
28.
Il caso Moro (1986)
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On March 16 1978, the Red Brigade kidnap the Chief of the Christian Democraty, the party in power in Italy since the end of the war... (110 mins.)