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"For years, what was the most peaceful and kind city in Italy has been
subjected to the shocks of crime and hooliganism. The mafia, juvenile
delinquency, corruption upset the lives of many citizens. " It seems
like a line of this film, but it is a phrase taken from a short article
appeared in the newspaper "La Stampa" of the time, which criticizes the
citizens of Turin, not for being violent, but for always complaining
about everything and having no idea how is living in a metropolis
(still true today, but it's another matter).
The capital of Piedmont, perhaps because of its way of live, has
attracted more other cinematographic genres that underlined its social
and esoteric characteristics, compared to the horde of iron
commissioners of the hard and pure poliziottesco. Big mustaches
However, Carlo Ausino, an adopted citizen of Turin and little known
director, thinks about giving Turin the title of violent city, after
which he had already set there "La città dell’ultima
paura", a post-nuke.
"Torino Violenta" is a commissioned film, a challenge taken by the
director, who goes around the city to hang posters with one of the
protagonists and who, with only 60 million lire, turns a bad movie, but
that achieved a resounding success collecting over 1 miliardo of lire.
A success due not only to a title of sure appeal and a popular genre,
but also to a broadly showing the city as it is, without giving it any
particular connotations. And therefore even today "Torino Violenta" is
an interesting film, a glimpse of the past. From the Ideal cinema in
Corso Beccaria, which has now become a multiplex, to the Parco della
Pellerina, the Galleria Subalpina, passing through the central Via Roma
and the elevated Corso Grosseto now demolished. In addition, an
infinity of signs taken widely to raise money, product placement, which
refers to memories of past activities, such as Brero furs, with a scene
set during a fashion show, the Cossolo pastry shop, a Salvarani shop, a
dealer of Alfa Romeo and the Ryugi gym among the first in the city to
bring martial arts. There is also the Aeroclub, that is what was the
first city airport, the one that awaited the Grande Torino and which
still houses small private aircraft and air activities.
Aside from the memories and snapshots of the period, "Torino Violenta"
has a story that follows the manual of the genre, without however
having original ideas or amusing the viewer. Among the classics violent
dead, chases through the streets of the city, explosions, Ausino,
creates too many situations that weigh down the story dampened by an
approximate editing. However fans of the genre find everything there
must be: the character with a mustache, that is, the actor Emanuel
Cannarsa, another adopted Turinese who hung posters with the director
and the inevitable night-time executioner. And the music by Stelvio
George Hilton, in the role of Commissioner Moretti, fights crime in the
city which seems to be in full. The Marseillais returning to Turin and
the southerners fight for the leadership, also exploiting young
students drugged and forced into prostitution and doing the classic
On criminals, however, there is the figure of an unknown executioner
who cleans up Turin, not caring about the law. It is the same
Commissioner Moretti, who is killed by Danieli in piazza Carlo Alberto,
who unmasks him.
A trash cult absolutely unmissable and that also had a sequel "Tony,
l’altra faccia della Torino violenta" released only three years
later and therefore did not take advantage of the success of this
outsider film. Very Turinese also in this aspect.