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THE LADYKILLER OF ROME
Released within months of Fellini s La Dolce Vita and Antonioni s La Notte, Elio Petri s dazzling first feature L Assassino also stars Marcello Mastroianni, this time as dandyish thirtysomething antiques dealer Alfredo Martelli, arrested on suspicion of murdering his older, far wealthier lover Adalgisa (Micheline Presle). But as the increasingly Kafkaesque police investigation proceeds, it becomes less and less important whether Martelli actually committed the crime as his entire lifestyle is effectively put on trial.
Best known for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and The Tenth Victim, Petri was one of the finest and yet most underrated Italian directors of the 1960s and 70s. Highly acclaimed on its original UK release but unjustly neglected since, L Assassino is a remarkably assured debut from one of the cinema s sharpest chroniclers of Italian social and political realities. Petri said that he wanted to reflect the changes wrought by the early sixties, and to examine a new generation of upstarts who lacked any kind of moral scruple .
Arrow Academy is proud to present the first ever UK video release of L Assassino in a gorgeous high-definition restoration created by the Cineteca di Bologna.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
- New 2K digital restoration from the Cineteca di Bologna
- Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
- Elio Petri and L Assassino, an introduction by Italian cinema expert Pasquale Iannone
- Tonino Guerra: A Poet in the Movies: Nicola Tranquillino s documentary about the great Italian screenwriter
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jay Shaw
- Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Elio Petri expert Camilla Zamboni, plus a selection of contemporary reviews
- Region: B/2
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English SDH
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Audio: 2.0 Mono
- Colour: B&W
one of the finest Italian debuts of the 1960s --Senses of Cinema
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Then we start to get the back story told in flashback and soon the past is getting closer to the present day. That is when clever and imaginative camera work starts to blend the past with the now in some brilliant ways. This was cameraman Carlo di Palma who was a favourite of Woody Allen.
The question throughout is did he or didn't he - is he just a bit of a cad or a manipulative killer. And I have to say that the balance is done just right making your loyalties ebb and flow with the turning of the scenes. Superbly directed by Elio Petri and with music from Henri Salvador - who has a style that seems to have influenced Henri Mancini. For the time it was made it is a technical and artful marvel. Time has been fairly kind too in that it still has a universal theme of where the good ends and the bad takes off and I have to say I really enjoyed it. This is the fully restored edition and it has been done lovingly - bringing the whole film to life with an immediate vibrancy. In Italian with very good sub titles, this is one for Euro cinephiles and those who love cinema history.
The DVD extras contain an excellent introduction by Pascale Iannone and a fascinating documentary about the screenwriter, Tonino Guerra, showing extracts from some of the many films he has written, making you want to see to see them as well.
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