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The 10th Victim -- Ursula Andress, voted the greatest Bond Girl ever, sports another iconic bikini, and this time it literally kills! Set in the near future, the film opens with Andress killing her penultimate victim in “The Big Hunt”, a reality-TV style game show which selects both ‘Hunter’ and ‘Victim’ from participants; the two then chase one another around the globe: kill your 10th victim and you win millions! Andress’ final victim is the cool, sun-loving Italian Marcello (Mastroianni) who also needs to notch up another kill!

Oscar® Winning director Elio Petri’s groundbreaking film heralded generations of films, like “Rollerball” or Schwarzenegger’s “Running Man”, about gladiatorial-death shows and announced our age of increasingly outrageous reality-TV and the latest fascination with “Hunger Games” dystopia.

Its exquisite Pop-Art visuals, and humorous visual observations have influenced countless films, none more than the Austin Powers sets and costumes. Sourced from HD master restored in the original widescreen film format. This truly seminal cult film is released for the 1st time in UK in this definite Numbered Collector’s Lenticular Edition.

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Sheckley (story)
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Release Date:
20 December 1965 (USA) See more »
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It's the 21st century and they have a licence to kill. See more »
Plot:
Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dazzling Romantic Comedy Thriller and a precursor of modern "reality" TV See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello Poletti

Ursula Andress ... Caroline Meredith

Elsa Martinelli ... Olga
Salvo Randone ... Professor
Massimo Serato ... Lawyer
Milo Quesada ... Rudi
Luce Bonifassy ... Lidia
George Wang ... Chinese attacker
Evi Rigano ... Victim
Walter Williams ... Martin
Richard Armstrong ... Cole
Antonio Ciani
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Herlin ... The man who gives the rules (uncredited)
Wolfgang Hillinger ... Baron Von Aschenberg (the second victim) (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Chet (uncredited)
Anita Sanders ... Relaxatorium Girl (uncredited)
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... Priest in aeroplane (uncredited)
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Directed by
Elio Petri 
 
Writing credits
Robert Sheckley (story "The Seventh Victim")

Tonino Guerra (screenplay) &
Giorgio Salvioni (screenplay) &
Ennio Flaiano (screenplay) (as Ennio Flajano) &
Elio Petri (screenplay)

Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay collaboration (uncredited)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
 
Production Design by
Piero Poletto 
 
Set Decoration by
Giovanni Checchi 
Dario Micheli 
 
Costume Design by
Giulio Coltellacci 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist: Mastroianni
Lina Cassini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Claudio Mancini .... production supervisor
Alfredo Melidoni .... production supervisor
Jone Tuzi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Berto Pelosso .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Carlo Palmieri .... sound recordist
Emilio Rosa .... sound
Ennio Sensi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator (as Pasquale De Santis)
Mario Masini .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrico Sabbatini .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Piero Piccioni .... conductor
 
Other crew
Renata Clerici .... script supervisor (as Renata Clarici)
Mickey Knox .... dialogue consultant: English language version
Adriano Pagani .... production secretary
Giorgio Russo .... production secretary
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Gino Landi .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La decima vittima" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1993) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (1966) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Trivia:
According to Simon Doonan, all the costumes for this film were by André Courrèges.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:Why control the births when we can increase the deaths?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Spiral WaltzSee more »

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Why don't the subtitles match the dialogue on the DVD?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Dazzling Romantic Comedy Thriller and a precursor of modern "reality" TV, 2 August 2009
Author: eschetic-2 from Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States

In 1965 this edgy Italian film (a/k/a La decima vittima) inspired by Hugo and Nebula nominated American "science fiction" writer Robert Sheckley's 1953 short story in Galaxy Magazine, "The Seventh Victim" (that title having already been taken in films by a successful 1943 thriller, the ante was upped for this version), seemed outrageous and challenging in its assertion of our desensitization to death and passing reference to age issues (more fully developed in 1965's LOGAN'S RUN (in turn based on William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson's 1957 science fiction novel). So successful was the stylish film of his short story that Sheckley himself published a full novelization of THE 10TH VICTIM in 1966.

Most "stylish" examinations of a future "strangely like our own only cooler" date faster than yesterday's fish, but with the long overdue 2009 DVD release of the film, it's amazing how still up to date and modern this violent romantic comedy (from some angles it is a thriller, but a thriller raised to new levels because of a wicked sense of humor) actually seems - although in 1965 the film makers could not imagine an Italy that allowed divorce or an economy so bad that a million dollars would seem like a million lire.

The Piero Piccioni jazz score still dazzles - if an adapter could find a "live" equivalent for the cinematic finale to the movie (the film's weakest point) this could be the basis for a great modern musical. Cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo's use of New York (the ruins of the old Penn Station and the World Trade Center construction site) and Rome (the Colosseum, Temple of Venus among other sites) ground the story while setting up its eroticism for the performances Director Elio Petri gets from a uniformly wonderful cast.

It isn't just the iconic first murder Ursula Andress pulls off during the credits (as Jacques Herlin recites "The Rules" of The Big Hunt) with her killer brassiere, it's the shrewd juxtaposition of the "computer matched" hunter and victims and social issues that are a constant undercurrent and overlay in the film as we watch Andress and Marcello Mastroianni perform their particular humorously over-planned dance of death. We're not long into this delicious film before we realize how it set up and surpassed all the so called "reality shows" polluting television today. "Voting someone off the island" or "out of the house" or "off a "talent" competition" is just another form of The Big Hunt" with all of us guiltily salivating at the vicarious "thrill of victory and agony of defeat."

As well as the film itself holds up, there's a second layer of interest on the film for those willing to go beyond the usually preferable UNdubbed version (the performances in the original Italian are wonderful). If you turn on the fine English language subtitles AND the unusually well done English language DUBBED soundtrack on the DVD, it's fascinating to note that they don't match! Sometimes the literal translation of the subtitles is dramatically better, but surprising frequency, the dubbing script - geared to fit as tightly as possible to the movement of the actor's lips - is superior. Taking both in enjoying the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) differences actually improves an already wonderfully layered film.

This is a must see for discerning fans of classic science fiction, romantic comedy or just plain intelligent film making and story telling willing to go beyond the "usual."

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