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Roma L'Altra Faccia Della Violenza
The audience is always on the side of the people. The audience wants to
see blood, action and a bit of atrocities. "Roma L'Altra Faccia Della
Violenza" has all that and also a very good plot.
For some reason this movie is less known than others, and it has in
acting and in the choice of protagonists, never in part, its worst
Marino Girolami however, here as Franco Martinelli, directed a movie
co-produced by Italy and France quite interesting. A fast story, but
especially critical of society. Especially towards the upper middle
class society, those people with money can buy everything, even the
law. Their opposite is the proletariat who suffers, and is always
Even in more detail, we see the bored crime of the "rich kids" who rob
and rape and leave victims in the street and we see the
proletariat's crime driven by food needs, by necessity, more dramatic
but much more respectful. Perhaps here, Girolami exaggerates a little
in the description (and if we say it ...), but still counting as does
our society is going on he is absolutely on the mark.
The construction of the characters instead escapes the logic of
poliziottesco. We don't an iron commissioner, but a man of the law of
soft tones, human instinct, which for example helps an ex-convict to
return on the right track. Carli is the name of the inspector,
investigates glossy firmly, trying to understand and analyze what is
happening. His co-workers are no less, we see Ferreri played by the
director's son Enio, Carli's right-hand man, and perhaps more action
man but without exaggeration.
The criminals are ruthless one hundred percent and they don't show the
slightest remorse. As we already said, they are a group of kids from
good families, on which, however, with another character added, falls
an avenger, the father of a girl killed in the day of his eighteenth
birthday. Cold and beyond the law, this man as others like them that we
will see in other films take the law into his own, with the addition
here of the melodramatic plot twist.
Everything runs well, the construction is perfect and there's that
little bit of suspense that keeps the plot on a high level. It would
have been a masterpiece that could go beyond the labels of gender, for
example, if Anthony Steffen the avenger father had given more depth to
his character, instead of interpreting it in a flat way, trying to
"tell" rather than live his feelings.
Steffen stage name of Antonio De Teffé starred in some
"Spaghetti Western" and sometimes even as a screenwriter. He isn't the
only one who throws away his character here, with him there is a whole
battery of "wicked boys" among which we would like to save only Stefano
Patrizi that in the same year as we have seen played "Liberi, Armati
Pericolosi" . Patrizi is the only among the boys whose carreer went
further, the others are the meteor Jean Favre, half meteor Umberto
Liberati and Valerio Merola a quite known italian trash anchor man.
Marcel Bozzuffi that interprets Carli instead was an actor of a certain
thickness. Expert in film noir characters also participated in the
drama "Cadaveri Eccellenti" by Rosi, Fatti di Gente Perbene” by
Bolognini, “Identificazione di Una Donna” by Antonioni
touching commercial success with "Il Braccio Violento Della Legge" by
Friedkin. His character even if it drives us crazy is well maintained
and is consistent throughout the film.
Completing the cast are a number of "caratteristi" well known in the
"Cinema di Genere". Franco Citti, perhaps the most arrested man in the
Italian cinema through Enzo Andronico and Franca Scagnetti to get to
the usual Roman popular woman, that here goes to make heroin
township blocking the way to the police car in the most beautiful
scenes of the movie.
Original title: Rome The Other Side Of Violence
Alternative titles: A Outra Face de Rome (Portugal), blutigen Die
Spiele der Reichen (Germany), L'autre côté de la violence
(France), Rome: The Other Side of Violence (USA), To the prosopo tis
nyhtas (Greece )
Country: Italy / France
Directed by: Marino Girolami
Cast: Marcel Bozzuffi, Anthony Steffen, Ennio Girolami, Jean Favre, Roberta Paladini, Sergio Fiorentini, Stefano Patrizi
Duration: 99 '
Production Company: Fox-Europe Production, Italian International Film