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Gioco al massacro (1989)

| 1989 (Italy)
The film examines the relationship between successful film director Theo Steiner, and his boyhood friend Clem Da Silva. Clem feels that Theo's success has come at the price of his own; that Theo has stolen some of his ideas.

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Damiano Damiani
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tomas Milian ... Clem Da Silva
Elliott Gould ... Theo Steiner
Nathalie Baye ... Bella
John Steiner ... Danilo
Eva Robins ... Rosita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Galeazzo Benti Galeazzo Benti ... Cornelius Plank
Sara Ercoli Sara Ercoli ... Script Girl
Michael Gothard ... Zabo
Beatrice Palme Beatrice Palme ... Margherita
Peter Woodthorpe ... Straccalino
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The film examines the relationship between successful film director Theo Steiner, and his boyhood friend Clem Da Silva. Clem feels that Theo's success has come at the price of his own; that Theo has stolen some of his ideas.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wounded King See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Solid work from Damiani
5 August 2012 | by CranstonmanSee all my reviews

Damiano Damiani remains one of the most difficult Italian directors to categorise. He is comfortable at the helm of commercial exploitation such as Amityville 2, but would be better remembered as the key political movie-maker of his generation, with a string of socially aware dramas that puts the better known cinema of Rosi and Gavras to shame.

Massacre Play (The Killing Game) is a rather unknown entry in the Damiani canon, but is well worth the investment of a couple of hours purely for the amazing performances of the two leads. Milian is quite magnificent and Elliott Gould shows just how good an actor he is:they play two friends, both film directors who have taken very different paths. Wordy, intelligent but never boring and with a few little surprises along the way.

If there is a complaint it is only a minor one, and that is the small insignificant part played by John Steiner. Steiner had previously delivered two key performances for Damiani, first in The Case is Closed - Forget it and then in Goodbye and Amen. Here he simply wanders through the proceedings, but as said it is only a minor quibble.

Not in Damianis's top league but all in all, very worthwhile.


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