Minggu, 27 Februari 2011

Uno Bianca (2001) - Michele Soavi

Fans of Michele Soavi may have been wondering where this talented filmmaker has been hiding the past decade or so. The answer is that, after a long hiatus, Soavi, like so many refugees from Italy's crumbling film industry, moved into television. Soavi stepped out of his apprenticeship with Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava with a hard-hitting group of stylish, phantasmagorical horror films, the solid creep-outs Stagefright, The Church and The Sect, and the brilliant existential zombie film Dellamore Dellamorte (aka Cemetery Man). Fortunately, as Uno Bianca proves, he lost none of his talent or cinematic instinct in the transition to the small screen. Unlike its predecessors, which took the Marxist and criminal chaos that engulfed Italy in the 60s and 70s as a jumping-off point for violent, politically-inflected vigilante fables, Uno Bianca is based on a true story. The title, Uno Bianca, refers to the white Fiat Uno always driven by the so-called "Uno Bianca Gang", a group of murderous thieves who terrorized north-eastern Italy from 1987 to 1994. The unidentified gang committed scores of robberies and murders, and was responsible for attacks on immigrants and police. Fully 24 people were killed before they were finally stopped.

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