A boorish, snobish toothpaste factory owner, Constantino Nicosia, gives his wife and everyone a hard time having let success and wealth go to his head. But after the superticous Nicosia has... See full summary »
David and his wife Gilda transform their beautiful villa in a brothel, which are home to several characters. Odile, the daughter of a woman tortured by mercenaries, meets in the villa one ... See full summary »
Piero Spazin (George Ardisson) is a con artist who meets his friend Luigi Beton (Daniele Vargas), a fraudster, and the two get engaged in a new fraud scheme, also attempting to trick each ... See full summary »
Thriller about a reporter who comes home from an overseas assignment to find his baby in the hospital and his wife dead. The baby isn't his, the reporter learns from his doctor friend Lydia... See full summary »
Loredana is a schoolgirl who takes advantage of her fellow students and teachers by using her innocent schoolgirl beauty. After she loses her virginity to an older man she soon realizes ... See full summary »
Michele Massimo Tarantini
Jill is surprised and angry when her computer-genius boyfriend decides to quit his job in a big company for unclear reasons. But when her children disapear mysteriously and seem to have ... See full summary »
A young girl, Erminia (Agostina Belli) marries a handsome and successful but brutish local butcher, Antonio (Gianni Macchia) at the behest of her countess stepmother, Giulia (Françoise ... See full summary »
A young newlywed couple from America returns to Geneva to visit Marcel's home town. Once there he is informed of his former lover's suicide and in turn is subjected to threats that accuse ... See full summary »
Just out of prison, ex-con Ugo Piazza meets his former employer, a psychopathic gangster Rocco who enjoys sick violence and torture. Both the gangsters and the police believe Ugo has hidden... See full summary »
Fernando Di Leo
Distinctive Italian crime is far from run of the mill
CITY UNDER SIEGE is something of an atypical entry in the Italian polizia genre. Sure, it has all of the required trappings present in these filthy little crime films: there are rapes, violent robberies, shoot-outs, hostage situations, suicides, drugs, orgies, prostitutes, and squad cars racing down the streets with their tyres squealing and their horns blaring. These are all filmed perfectly well and give the film a classic '70s feel. Yet, on top of that, there's a main story of how vice, sleaze and corruption are rife in the city of Turin, and which shows how a middle-aged cop and his reporter friend attempt to clean up the rackets and get to the bottom of things.
Inevitably it's a downbeat story, but there are nevertheless some highs, especially a uniquely original climax – I haven't seen the like anywhere else in this genre, and it's a good one. Enrico Maria Salerno (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) is well cast as the ageing hero, a cop with heart problems troubled by the lack of morals he sees everywhere around him. He really gets us on side from the beginning so that we end up rooting for him. His foil is sometime director Luciano Salce, who supplies a lot of cynical comic relief to the proceedings.
The lovely Francoise Fabian pops up in a supporting role, leaving the viewer entranced by her beauty every time she appears. Weirdly, some of the film appears to have been played for laughs, and it's not sure whether this was true of the original, or whether it's the fault of the dubbing. It makes for a sometimes unwieldy combination of drama and chuckles. Director Romolo Guerrieri works hard, though, and in the end his efforts pay off. CITY UNDER SIEGE is unusual enough to be distinguishable from the dozens of other cops-and-robbers flicks filling Italian cinemas in the 1970s.
0 of 0 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this