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The 10th Victim (1965)

La decima vittima (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Sci-Fi | 20 December 1965 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Robert Sheckley (story "The Seventh Victim"), Tonino Guerra (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Marcello Poletti
Ursula Andress ... Caroline Meredith
Elsa Martinelli ... Olga
Salvo Randone ... Professor
Massimo Serato ... Lawyer Rossi
Milo Quesada ... Rudi
Luce Bonifassy Luce Bonifassy ... Lidia Poletti
George Wang ... Chinese attacker
Evi Rigano Evi Rigano ... Victim
Walter Williams Walter Williams ... Martin Tibbett
Richard Armstrong Richard Armstrong ... Cole
Antonio Ciani Antonio Ciani
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A campy futuristic tale where people hunt one another for sport. In this film, Victim and Hunter run around Italy trying to score a kill in front of the movie crews they arranged so they could make commercials from the footage. Written by <jnight@lainet.com>

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It's the 21st century and they have a licence to kill. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Italian | English

Release Date:

20 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 10th Victim See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sue Lyon was briefly in the running for female lead after Ann-Margret passed but before Ursula Andress was cast. See more »

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Narrator: One enemy a day keeps the doctor away.
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Spiral Waltz
Written by Piero Piccioni
Lyrics by Sergio Bardotti
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It's an Italian Sex Farce, really, but it's also a fine sci-fi and pop art fantasy
11 August 2006 | by dhermanson-1See all my reviews

The more serious you get about this movie, the more you are missing the point. It's an Italian Sex Farce, really, but it's also a fine pop art film, and a fine science-fiction romp that would be a great double feature with Blade Runner. The review "A wonderful example of 60s pop art film-making,Italian-style", by jisenhath from New York, New York USA, really nails the essence of this social-satire sci-fi.

Like the crocodile tears the sun worshippers cry for the setting sun (satire on religion, of course, though it's also close to the excesses of the 60's hippy-dippies doing nature "for real" in 65), the movie is best taken in the vapid, mondo gellato style it revels in.

From the novel by Robert Sheckley (still a great read, too), the "shocking" hunt takes a swipe at the media circus and boredom of excess, while visually reveling in it. The fashion, style and beauty of both Elsa Martinelli and Ursula Andress are a joy, while Marcello works his casual nonchalance and easy timing as the Italian sophisticate at ease with multiple meanings. That's come to pass, hasn't it, as we read from this computer on a network spanning the world. Is this a cult we are a part of? If so, don't cry, but laugh. Like this film does.

Cheesy one review says... no, cheesy is when the film attempts something and does not succeed through taste, budget or in-ineptitude. Opera is not cheesy, but it is ornate, over-the- top and hyper. So is this film. It's space opera in the operatic sense of La Scala.

It's spun gold, and a fine bookend to Marcello's 60's sex romps like Cassanova 70. (done in '65 too, a good year for vintage Marcello). Asti Spumante, anyone?


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