FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »
Lia and Tina are two beautiful girls who meet and realize that they have a lot in common. They are both young, beautiful and pissed off, so they decide to hitchhike their way to Rome to ... See full summary »
In un caseggiato tre ladruncoli vengono scoperti e viene chiamata la polizia ed uno dei tre viene ucciso da un poliziotto. Luigi, che vive là con la moglie Marta e la figlia Rossana assiste... See full summary »
Cop Enrico Maria Salerno fights corruption in Genoa
"The police serve the citizens?" is a hard-hitting poliziottescho, coming across as a captivating, realistic and hard-boiled story. I see it also as a 70s style noir, and the story does get darker as it proceeds. For fans of the poliziotteschi, this film should not be missed if there is a chance to view it. It's done well. It's more investigatory cat and mouse, with occasional action, than it is a story with tons of action, chases and shootouts. The emphasis here is more on the personal and psychological conflicts that arise and what people do about them. This also characterizes a noir kind of story.
There is no single template for a 70s style noir. They may involve, however, criminals who have the upper hand or whose violence and corruption of police and officials are reaching new highs. And this prompts sometimes extreme frustration and lashing out by police. The line police are sometimes being frustrated by the staff bureaucratic police or by political pressures. Society is often shown as riven, with criminal elements extracting wealth from the working classes and small business operators, using intimidation or control over vital choke points. The lines between police and criminals are often blurred, with police using informers and practices going against the rule of law. Conversely, the criminals may have corrupted cops.
Genoa is shown as having certain industries, especially food, as being extorted by the criminal element which is well-organized and apparently so well connected that it is untouchable. A local businessman has been killed and made an example of by hoisting him on a hook of a crane near the harbor. Plain clothes inspector Enrico Maria Salerno is on the case. His assistant is a chipper fellow and a ladies man, played by Giuseppe Palmieri. Salerno is a very serious man, completely into his job, at the cost of his marriage and alienation from his teenage son.
Salerno goes through the standard and lawful investigating steps but with increasing frustration. Besides being a crime and police procedural story, the story also reveals the character of Salerno as he goes through his experiences and adopts new and unlawful methods to cope with the roadblocks he keeps encountering. The higher mob figures, for example, have no compunctions about liquidating people lower in the organization to shield themselves.
The story will become more and more gripping, especially in the second half. There are some good twists.
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