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Inspector Enrico Maria Salerno sees all manner of crime in Turin
"Un uomo, una citta" is a solid and different kind of poliziottescho. Through the eyes of police inspector Salerno and a journalist friend of his, Luciano Salce, the movie presents asides, observations, philosophizing, cameos of life, and a variety of crimes, including a jewel robbery and train holdup, while gradually settling down to a main plot. That plot arises from the murder of a girl who was involved in white slavery and vice among a rich clientele. Meanwhile Salerno has a heart condition and feels that there are more real criminals in the upper class than among the many petty criminals.
The movie is enjoyable because of its creative freedom. It's uninhibited and doesn't follow a standard format. It's willing to digress. The actors, especially Salerno and Salce, are let loose to gesticulate and let off steam about what they face. The movie is more about them and their job and social problems than it is about tracking criminals or the main plot. Each of the side characters and small sub-plots throws light on some social or psychological issue. There's a character gone crazy who worked for Fiat for 40 years and doesn't know what to do in retirement. There's a widow who is coming to grips with her son having grown up. There's Salerno's girl friend who begins to feel she's losing him. There's the plight of southerners who are looked down on and do not speak the same language. There is a suicide of a young man who couldn't conform to the school's idea of learning. There are men on strike. This film has lots of energy.
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