Sunday, January 29, 2006


"Society has many ways of defending itself. Red tape, prison bars and the revolver."

Somehow, my search through exploitation movies for fun and profit has brought me two days in a row straight to politics. Yesterday's Terrifying Girls' High School: Lynch Law Classroom a blatant attack on the hypocrisy of those in power, not only in school's but in the police and throughout the government.

Today was Revolver by Sergio Sollima, who I knew to be a director with a definite political agenda, but I hadn't quite put myself in the place to expect that so specifically, and powerfully, from this film.

This film, which starts pleasantly enough as tightly woven thriller about a warden, skillfully played by Oliver Reed, although dubbed with a different voice that sometimes works well but often does not, who is forced to free a prisoner, played by the magnificently handsome Fabio Testi, in order to rescue his lovely young wife from kidnappers.

The reasons why these people have been chosen and the role they have to play, unfolds slowly and skillfully, and ultimately leads to a number of quite brutal revelations about power, corruption and the role ordinary people play in it all, through action as well as inaction. And now I've made it sound like a tract, instead of a tense little thriller, which is what it is.

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