The Violent Side of New York/La Faccia Violenta di New York (1973)

Plot: Sergio Fuentes is a poor Mexican fisherman who decides to make the perilous journey across the border into the USA to start a new life in the promised land. Unfortunately, his hopes and dreams are soon shattered as he witnesses the brutal injustices inflicted upon his fellow countrymen as they try to survive in … Continue reading The Violent Side of New York/La Faccia Violenta di New York (1973)

The True Story of Frank Mannata/La Vera Storia di Frank Mannata (1969)

Set during the prohibition era, small-time gangster Frank Mannata travels from his native Sicily to Chicago to join his brother and sister who run a massage parlor catering to a number of prominent establishment figures. Seizing the opportunity to expand their business by blackmailing their wealthy clients, the Mannata siblings soon begin building up a … Continue reading The True Story of Frank Mannata/La Vera Storia di Frank Mannata (1969)

Seagulls Fly Low/I Gabbiano Volano Basso (1978)

Plot: A U.S. army deserter is blackmailed into assassinating a businessman but runs afoul of his employers and winds up on the run. With the Italian film industry on its last legs Maurizio Merli plays against type and shrugs off his hard-boiled police inspector persona to play a softly spoken killer-for-hire. Unfortunately for Merli the … Continue reading Seagulls Fly Low/I Gabbiano Volano Basso (1978)

Death Insurance/Assicurazione Sulla Morte (1987)

'Serie Nera' was a series of French television films produced primarily in co-production with other European countries. In total there were 32 films and the series ran from 1984 to 1991 with most films based on novels by famous crime authors, in particular what the French dub 'polar' - or the more familiar 'poliziesco' in … Continue reading Death Insurance/Assicurazione Sulla Morte (1987)

A Desire to Die/Una Voglia da Morire (1965)

  Locandina 'Damn the lot of you!' Source - all credit to Renato Venturelli/Cineteca D.W. Griffiths In search of forgotten films. In the era of DVD, TV, Satellites, YouTube and various torrent sites, the D.W. Griffith's film archive continues to resurrect films which have disappeared from circulation and are fading into obscurity. The latest offering … Continue reading A Desire to Die/Una Voglia da Morire (1965)

Isle of the Swedes/L’Isola delle Svedesi (1969)

Plot: Following a particularly heated argument with her boyfriend, Manuela decides to leave her city life behind and joins her friend, Eleonora, a young divorcee who lives on a remote Mediterranean island. Trouble brews when Manuela's boyfriend arrives on the island and a bitter struggle ensues as both parties vie for her affection. There's a … Continue reading Isle of the Swedes/L’Isola delle Svedesi (1969)