Aldo is an introverted boy who loves photography and exploring caves. An earthquake strikes while he is exploring a cave, probably caused by an atomic explosion. Reaching the surface, Aldo discovers that radioactivity has destroyed any trace of human life.
“My film is inspired by a black and white American film, ‘The Omega Man’. Boris Sagal emptied New York, I emptied Turin. I shot on a Sunday morning in August, getting someone to help me stop the few cars that were around. In the mid 1970s, on a Sunday morning in August it was still possible to empty Turin.”
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“Turin is my city: I wasn’t born there but I’ve lived there since I was one. I may have travelled a lot and visited many places but I wouldn’t trade Turin for any other place. It’s got everything: the hills, the river, the park, the only thing missing is the sea, which isn’t really that far anyway. It reminds you of many cities (Paris and Budapest, for example) and many cities remind us of it. I’ve always worked well in Turin: It’s true, some Turinese can be rather narrow-minded, but this is typical of any city. It’s becoming very cosmopolitan now and, although I’m no racist, it’s in danger of losing its identity.
When I made ‘Torino Violenta’, it was 1977; if I shot ‘Torino Violenta 2’ (and many people have) the film would have to be a lot darker. The city has changed, and in many aspects it’s changed for the worse. It’s getting harder to tell between good and bad. I also didn’t want to make ‘Torino Violenta 2’ because I didn’t want it to be political. There are people who try to label me (some say I’m a fascist but I’ve never been a member of any political party. If anything, I’m more of a communist) Others would like me to choose a side.
One of the problems with Turin is that it’s made up of very small close-knit groups where your political leanings determine whether you can find work or not.”
(C. Ausino, unpublished interview)