RARA-AVIS: "Citta violenta" (1970)

From: chrisaschneider@earthlink.net
Date: 01 Sep 2003

I'm no fan Charles Bronson's, as a rule, despite the fact that one of my favorite films is Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West."

Still and all ... the eulogizing talk devoted to Bronson reminds me of one 1970s film of his for which I *do* have an affection: "Citta violenta," known in the UK as "Violent City' and the US as "The Family." A very skillful bit of cold-hearted gangster melodrama. Kinda modern-day Jacobean, only with gun-wielding gangsters instead of bravoes with swords.

Bronson is impassive (surprise) and Jill Ireland is awkward (see previous comment), yet ... there's good direction by Sergio Sollima and an ingenious script co-written by Lina Wertmuller as well as a first-rate Ennio Morricone score.

It's worth seeking out.


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