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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Sheckley plus Italy = irresistible! A review for SF readers
At the time I write, 'Teen Dystopia' is the big subgenre in books for young people. or, as we used to say 'Science Fiction'. 'The Hunger Games', a book with a very weak premise for its reality TV/stalk and murder schtik has been very successful as a trilogy of novels and a feature film. SF enthusiasts have, of course, seen it all before. From the interactive TV of...
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This highly stylised Italian film is about people who are both the hunters and the hunted who for each kill receive a monetary award and must achieve 10 kills in order to receive society's highest award, for the jaded public who follow these men and women as they go about their business of killing it is a thrill and helps to keep violence in society at a low level. The...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Sheckley plus Italy = irresistible! A review for SF readers, 15 Sep 2013
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Stephen E. Andrews "Writer" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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At the time I write, 'Teen Dystopia' is the big subgenre in books for young people. or, as we used to say 'Science Fiction'. 'The Hunger Games', a book with a very weak premise for its reality TV/stalk and murder schtik has been very successful as a trilogy of novels and a feature film. SF enthusiasts have, of course, seen it all before. From the interactive TV of Bradbury's 'Farenheit 451' to the murder island of reality TV in Nigel Kneale's 'The Year of the Sex Olympics', not to mention the mandatory death at 21 in Nolan & Johnson's 'Logan's Run', the interactive-telly organ theft scandal of Norman Spinrad's 'Bug Jack Baron' and the voyeuristic disease vigil of D G Compton's 'The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe' (film version: 'Deathwatch'), the idea of controlling an (over)population through media violence is nothing new. By 1970 latest, reality TV was long-established SF staple. Even a novel/film like 'Battle Royale' was very old hat by the time it appeared.

Although he wasn't the first in this subgenre, Robert Sheckley was probably the best. His story 'The Seventh Victim' was first published in the early fifties and was expanded into a tie-in novel ('The Tenth Victim') to accompany the film of the same name. He wrote two sequels in the 1980s, 'Victim Prime' and 'Hunter/Victim'. If you're note familiar with Sheckley, his recent retrospective collection 'Store of the Worlds (NYRB Classics) will get you up to speed. Falling somewhere between Philip K Dick and Kurt Vonnegut, Sheckley's reputation within serious SF circles was monumental. A key social satirist of the 1950s magazines 'Galaxy' and 'Fantasy and Science Fiction', Sheckley (along with Vonnegut) provided Douglas Adams with a lot of his ideas. Personally, I think Adams plaigarised both Sheckley and Vonnegut unforgivably, but that's another story...

Onto the film - by the way, this review is aimed at SF readers and those with a deep interest in SF films, not the casual viewer, so I'm evaluating the film on its status as a work of SF and as an adaptation.

In brief, I'd say the SF fan will love this film. It contains all the satire and cheek typical of Sheckley's work, fulfilling the concept of a postnuclear war society that recognises a public need for violence and the vicarious enjoyment of the same with the intention to prevent further conflicts between nation-states. As the film is Italian, it has a strong continental flavour, which works very well as both background and foreground to the story. The conflict that comes up between human emotion and society's way of trying to prevent violence by promoting a controlled form of the same is handled in a manner that devotees of classic Italian cinema will appreciate and understand (if you like 'Le Mepris', for example, you'll love this, though it is of course nowhere near as po-faced), as will admirers of humanist SF.

Visually, the film is a total treat - colourful, vibrant, absurd and beautiful, partially reflecting the pop art fashions and trends of the time (filtered through an irresistible Italian sensibility) - and stands beside such genre classics as 'the Final Programme' and 'A Clockwork Orange' in its depiction of a surrealistic yet recognisable future world. The acting by leads Marcello Mastroani and Ursula Andress is slick, sexy, playful, nuanced and poetic and the script is satirical, funny, silly and tender, with exactly the kind of twists Sheckley fans would expect. No doubt younger people will squeak 'Duh! Autin Powers!', but there you go, what can you do?
I was reminded more of the party sequence in Woody Allen's 'Sleeper', a great film that parodies SF - and is so successful at this that it is itself a great work of SF cinema, satire being one of the key modes of the genre. In fact, the message at the end of 'Sleeper' is not dissimilar to the message of 'the Tenth Victim'. Remember that SF is about problems created by science that nonetheless have human solutions....

In terms of picture quality, the Blu Ray is magnificent (and I'm not going to add 'given a film of this vintage' as it looks superb full stop)and best watched in Italian with subtitles. As usual, Blue Underground do a sterling job, being the best reissue BD/DVD label in the world in terms of care and attention...if only they'd spend more time on truly great films and less on the third-rate exploitation and naff 80s movies that comprise most of their catalogue.

To sum up, every serious devotee of SF will enjoy and needs 'The Tenth Victim' in the library.
Stephen E Andrews, author '100 Must Read Science Fiction Novels' (A & C Black)
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-deserved aura of cult., 15 Feb 2010
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Massimo Santilli "kinowelt" (La Spezia - Liguria Italy) - See all my reviews
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It makes a certain effect to see an Italian science fiction film of 1965.
Actually does, primarily because the genre is not customary in Italian cinema and also because how, in films of the past imagined the future, shows naivete and take many prophetic insights.
In this case, the intuitions does not lack a certain blasé cynicism also suggested by the genius of the writing that was sharp Ennio Flaiano.
He also effect because in 1965 the technical means to allow a representation of the future consists only of sets, costumes and furnishings.
Dominate, in fact, the quotation of Pop Art more comics full of plastic telephones Ericofon "and a dash of Fellini.
Poverty of means, as they say, but the richness of ideas.
"The Tenth Victim" is a film from 1965 directed by Elio Petri.
The first time I caught DVD in the stalls but it is one of the annexes of the series "Our life in 100 films." If it's still around, I advise you not snubbed the price is slightly higher than that of a rental and series is decent.
What is surprising, aside Mastroianni in the company's first Bond girl dressed in the fashions of the time, is a trace of satire velenosetta the "futuristic" modernity, which of course reflects on tic, fashions, and the objects of the period.
There is talk of advertising, television, marriage and divorce, family and comics, control of violence.
It is instructive to see how, when and how things went.
The easiest thing is to see if, for example, the role of television in the film was imagined "science fiction".
"The Tenth Victim" is also a film veers decisively towards the classic Italian comedy, the cynical times capable of flogging, with malice, the spirit of Italy and its "dogmas". The scene of "Sunset", which I hope you will appreciate, it is better than a treatise on social anthropology.
The film did not have a particular critical success, but seems to have earned over time a well-deserved aura of cult.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barking Mad -but I love it !, 19 May 2014
This review is from: The 10th Victim (DVD)
Before the likes of "The Running Man"/Hunger Games" -you had this slice of Italian Sci-Fi madness.

Set in the 21st century, wars & crime have now been abolished, instead you have "The Big Hunt Club" whereby you're either the Hunter or Victim, if you survive to no 10, you receive a tax exemption and a million dollars !

Stylish directed - Italy's answer to Cary Grant -Marcello Mastroianni & Ursula Andress play a deadly game of cat & mouse, but which is which ?

& who will be "The 10th Victim" ????
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to make money, 26 Feb 2014
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This highly stylised Italian film is about people who are both the hunters and the hunted who for each kill receive a monetary award and must achieve 10 kills in order to receive society's highest award, for the jaded public who follow these men and women as they go about their business of killing it is a thrill and helps to keep violence in society at a low level. The film follows the exploits of the Italian contestants whilst showing how other nations for example the Chinese treat the winners.
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2 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad adaptation of a great book?, 4 Aug 2011
I didn't like the film at all. Maybe because I loved the book (the book is really good). In the film they have taken all the silly things from the 60ies to an extreme. I didn't like the characters. I usually like films from the 60ies just because of the environments and the aura of that time. Perhaps I didn't understand what the film director was trying to convey to the audience or maybe I didn't understand the Italian cynicism of that time, or maybe I would enjoy the film more if it came with a booklet explaining the underlying meaning of every scene? Maybe it's just a bad film.
Read the book instead.
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