ALMOST HUMAN 1974
(Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare)
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
In Italian with English subtitles
Back in the 70s there was a flood of criminal flicks that were always revolving around a heist and a lot of bad behavior. But this description misses the point – the fact is they were thrilling, wonderfully made, and exploded with amazing music scores. For example, the score of this film was by Ennio Morricone, and it is absolutely thrilling…. much better than the lame junk he started churning out after he moved to Hollywood.
This thriller genre was referred to as ‘Poliziotteschi’ and this movie is generally sited as the best example… and for me, Almost Human is also pretty clearly one of the inspirations for Scareface by Brian de Palma in terms of the lead role. This flick focuses on the heartless Guilio Sacchi, a small-time hood who is bored with his local crime syndicate and dreams of bigger things. He wants to get rich fast, so he and some friends kidnap Marilù, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and demand a huge ransom. Nothing will stop him from what he wants – he is capable of any ruthless act. This leads to a harrowing sequence of events, from one wild and maniac situation to the next. The action can be hard-hitting and downright transgressive, so be prepared!
So let’s hit those mean streets of Italy with an action flick that spirals out of control. The performance given by lead actor Tomas Milian is totally berserk and he feels like a powder keg ready to explode. This film has become legendary on several levels, and remains a cult favorite.
This will be a high-definition projection that is “restored, uncut and unhinged!”
ATOMIC CINEMA @ VONDELBUNKER
(The nuclear fallout bunker under the bridge in the Vondelpark)
Doors open at 20:30, film starts at 9