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Wake Up and Die (1966)

Svegliati e uccidi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 April 1966 (Italy)
Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by ... See full summary »

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Luciano Lutring
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Inspector Moroni
Claudio Camaso ...
Franco Magni
Renato Niccolai ...
Comm. Giuliani
Ottavio Fanfani ...
Isp. Julien
Pupo De Luca ...
(as Giovanni De Luca)
Corrado Olmi ...
Bobino, riccetatore
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Yvonne Lutring
Augusto Bonardi
Renato Terra
Emilio Delle Piane
Roberto Maldera
Aldo Suligoj ...
Agente francese
Piero Buttarelli ...
(as Pietro Butarelli)
Rita Ricciarelli
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Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy, he meets Candida, a nightclub singer and they fall in love. On their back is Candida's lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by his new-found fame and reputation, Lutring increasingly becomes more and more reckless, robbing as many jewelry stores as he can and pawning them before the cops catch up with him. One of the first of many poliziesco movies of the time and based on the life of real-life criminal Luciano Lutring; the infamous jewelry thief also known as the "machine gun soloist", a name he acquired by the media by keeping his weapon in a violin case. Written by norma-desmond

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An unheralded film that breaks new ground
22 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With "Wake Up and Die" (1966) and "The Violent Four" (1968), director Carlo Lizzani broke new ground and launched (or co-launched) the poliziotteschi genre. There is here the crime story without glamor, freshness of character and dialog, no resort to cliché, chases, energy, passion and an attention to characters that seem real. There is the ample use of location shooting. There is quickness of story development, under the assumption that the audience doesn't need to be pampered with every detail of exposition and transition.

Robert Hoffmann and Lisa Gastoni are extremely well cast. In this one, the main cop is Gian Maria Volontè. His character is very well written, with surprising dialog with Gastoni who wishes to restrain her criminal husband, Hoffmann. Her passion for him is strong as is his for her, but that doesn't preclude his anger and violence toward her at times.

The disparate machinations of the Paris cops with an Italian interloper in their midst (Volontè) are of interest, adding more realism.

Early in the film, there is something of a Bonnie and Clyde feeling, but this is 2 years before that film. However, Gastoni is not a participant in Hoffmann's smash-and-grab jewel heists, and he only resorts to guns as a scare tactic. Murder is not his game.

I rate this one higher because of its bold originality of both story and story-telling as well as its momentum and cinematography. Lizzani was a creator.


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