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Journey is not the main theme, but it features both good and bad this "Cani Arrabbiati". A figured journey, in the cinema of Bava. The "journey" as the story of this film. And finally, the journey of the protagonists of the story.
first, the Bava's cinema, once again gives us great emotions in a
thriller on the road, which for some is one of his best works, and is
also the only foray of the director into this genre.
there is the bizarre story of a film of 1974, which was not
released due to the bankrupt of the production company and that only in the mid
nineties, it has been resumed, adjusted and finally made it out in 1998, thanks toLea Lander, one of the protagonists of the film and Lamberto Bava.
difficult film "Cani Arrabbiati", starting with the fact that there are six
different endings contained in many versions, as writes in his book
on the director Alberto Pezzotta , published by "Il Castoro Cinema". But
it's a movie that is considered, rightly, a masterpiece "it's a true journey into
hell, where the road movie's situation becomes a journey of horror,"
writes Pezzotta, to which is added the rewiew of "Nocturno" "a
masterpiece. The dark mirror of the cinema of Bava, its unacceptable removed, which, not surprisingly, has been invisible for years. "
Needless to say, our considerations agree with what is written by Pezzotta and "Nocturno". "Cani Arrabbiati" offers us a psychotic, claustrophobic, sweaty journey where the
company is ruined, destroyed by greed, but on which falls a twist at the end
that leaves literally speechless.
Compared to other works of Bava, everything is "easier". The
director never use his wonderful cinematography or his charming games of light, and he place
the history almost entirely inside a car, an Opel Rekord
he manages to convey the aforementioned feeling of claustrophobia, a sense
of discomfort that never leaves the audience, but it increases more and
Behind the camera, the director, alternating with slow speed and low-angle shooting tight.
The viewer is then trapped in this story, which he follows in suspense and horror. Horror
due to the presence of a character helpless, but key to the whole
story, a child, a sacred figure in the imagination, which increases the
feeling of discomfort.
"Cani Arrabbiati" has a couple of flaws, like some idea too tight, choices
sometimes unnecessary, a dubbing a bit 'annoying and acting that is not
always convincing. Not
all players are able to create characters that are wonderfully wicked,
among them the worst, sorry to say it, is our beloved George Eastman, one
of the heroes of the "genre films", which does not perform well here the
crazyness of his "Trentadue" (a nickname given to him for a phisic dowry...). In
contrast, the unsuspecting Don Backy singer and composer of the "Clan" of
Celentano is perfect in the role of the mad "Bisturi", as well as Riccardo
Cucciolla known voice actor, is in the role of Richard. The cast is completed by Lea Lander and Maurice Poli.
from a story by Ellery Queen, "Cani Arrabbiati" tells the bloody story of
four criminals on the run after a violent robbery at an armored car. One
of them, the driver "Fangio" ("Fangio, because it drove like a God ..")
is killed and the other three, "Bisturi", "Dottore" and "Trentadue," have no other choice to stop a car and take hostage the driver, Riccardo, who is accompanying a child to the hospital. The
group is completed by a woman hostage and they live a number of
situations, neurotic and crazy, on the edge, in which it lacks a bit 'of
violence against hostages.
cornerstone of the "genre films", a film not to be missed, flaws aside,
someone listed the sources of inspiration for "Reservoir Dogs" by
Quentin Tarantino. In
fact, the tension is similar, as well as the decline of the base, but
the dates are incongruent, "Cani Arrabbiati" was released only in the
mid nineties three years after the Tarantinto's movie.'
Original title: Angry Dogs
Titles: Rabid Dogs (International), Kidnapped (Italy / USA restored
version), Les chiens Enrages (France), Semáforo rojo (Spain), Red Light
Directed by: Mario Bava
Cast: Don Backy, George Eastman, Lea Lander, Maurice Poli, Riccardo Cucciolla
Duration: 96 '
Production Company: International Media Films, Hope Film Festival