Sunday, 13 August
Atomic Café Cinema: Almost Human
Doors open at 20:30pm, film starts at 21:00. ALMOST HUMAN, 1974. (Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare). Directed by Umberto Lenzi. 99 minutes. 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. What a wild ride this flick is, one that reaches an absolute fever-pitch.
The thriller genre in Italy back in the 70s was referred to as poliziotteschi, and this movie is generally cited as the best example... For me, Almost Human is also clearly one of the inspirations for Brian de Palma's Scarface, particularly 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 in 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!"
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