Madness, The Eyes of the Moon/Madness, Gli Occhi della Luna

Plot: Three inmates escape from a criminal asylum. One of them is recaptured and another is run over by a car and killed but the third prisoner manages to escape and takes refuge in an empty villa in the countryside. The next day a group of youths arrive at the house and throw a party … Continue reading Madness, The Eyes of the Moon/Madness, Gli Occhi della Luna

The Violent Side of New York/La Faccia Violenta di New York

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

The True Story of Frank Mannata/La Vera Storia di Frank Mannata

Plot: 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 … Continue reading The True Story of Frank Mannata/La Vera Storia di Frank Mannata

Seagulls Fly Low/I Gabbiano Volano Basso

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

Death Insurance/Assicurazione Sulla Morte

'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

A Legal Team for a Robbery/Studio Legale per una Rapina

Often adopting the pseudonym Amerigo Anton, director Tanio Boccia hasn't gone down too well in the history books. Famed throughout the industry for his sloppy craftsmanship there are a couple of anecdotes which have survived over the years. The first one relates to a western he was shooting where the camera accidentally tripped on something … Continue reading A Legal Team for a Robbery/Studio Legale per una Rapina

Restoration Project #3 – Sealed Lips

Locandina Bocche Cucite/Sealed Lips (1970) The following newspaper story from 1969 is translated just below: TOSINI'S FILM WILL BE MADE Funding for Bocche Cucite has been found A press conference by the director Following the projection of various excerpts, minus audio, from 'Bocche Cucite' the director of the film, Pino Tosini, held a press conference … Continue reading Restoration Project #3 – Sealed Lips

Nobody Move, This is a Robbery!

WIP http://www.ragusanews.com/articolo/17296/enzo-battaglia-regista-maledetto Genio incompreso del Cinema, Enzo Battaglia nacque a Ragusa nel 1935, ed √® morto a Catania, appena 51enne, nel 1987. Diplomato in regia al Centro sperimentale di cinematografia, dopo essere stato per alcuni anni assistente di Pietro Germi¬†nel 1963 ha tentato l'esperienza della regia con un film coraggioso, Gli Arcangeli. Attraverso il racconto … Continue reading Nobody Move, This is a Robbery!

The Kid From Ebalus/Il Ragazzo di Ebalus

The following post is a translation of this webpage - all credit to the original author Domenico Ottaviano Jr. 1984: Gargano once again becomes a film set. After important features like "Ecce Homo" by Sabel, or "La Legge" by Jules Dassin with a young Lollobrigida, and Gargano's very own assistant to Federico Fellini, Ferrucio Castronuovo, … Continue reading The Kid From Ebalus/Il Ragazzo di Ebalus