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#8 – Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Movies That Ruled the ’70s

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Mike Malloy’s densely-packed documentary details the Italian Film Industry’s bizarre “Eurocrime” subgenre which emerged in the wake of the decline of both the Spaghetti Western and the Giallo genres. These crime pics brazenly ripped off the likes of Dirty Harry and The Godfather, though boasted their own unsavoury edge; real-life crime often became entangled in the productions, while the directors aimed to push the boundaries of sexual and violent taboos, as they shot in an unfussed guerilla style – that’s Eurocrime.

Though some might dismiss Eurocrime as a vapid pilfering of America’s superior cinema, the argument here is that it was a reaction to the Italian concerns of the crime, namely a surging crime rate and worrying trend of violence throughout the country. Often the most prominent figures of the genre – such »

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