Tag: Riz Ortolani

Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

Film: Spy in Your Eye / Bang You’re Dead / Agente 077 – Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (1965)

February 9, 2018 | By

By the mid-1960s, American International Pictures had a sort-of cozy relationship with Italian filmmakers, co-producing or handling the exclusive North American distribution of films that featured mainly U.S. stars (some in their twilight years) in whatever genre was in at the time…

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BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

BR: Valachi Papers, The (1972)

January 23, 2018 | By

Released the same year as Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, The Valachi Papers is based on Peter Maas’ 1968 book which chronicled the real-life testimony of Joseph Valachi, a driver for the Genovese family whose federal testimony in 1963…

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Film: Virgin Killer / Enigma rosso (1978)

Film: Virgin Killer / Enigma rosso (1978)

March 17, 2016 | By

Planned as the third installment of writer-director Massimo Dallamano’s schoolgirls-in-peril trilogy, things were put on pause when the director died in a car accident, but two years later a shooting script by committee (seven writers, including a German scribe) was put in production with TV director Alberto Negrin at the helm…

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BR: Day of Anger / Day of Wrath / Gunlaw / I giorni dell’ira (1967)

BR: Day of Anger / Day of Wrath / Gunlaw / I giorni dell’ira (1967)

June 14, 2015 | By

Considered a protégé of genre pioneer Sergio Leone, Tonino Valerii had already distinguished himself in his debut Taste of Killing (1966), and what was initially designed to be a B-level production suddenly became more high-profile when popular actor Giuliano Gemma wanted to tackle the role…

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