Since my trip to Italy I’ve been thinking a lot about the Poliziottesco genre of Italian b-movies. I’ve also been watching my fair share. Raro Video, a publishing house located in Minneapolis, has been brilliant enough to re-release a lot of these films on DVD and BLU-RAY. I worked my way through Fernando Di Leo’s Crime Collection (volume 1), and I’m working on volume 2 currently. What’s more, I got my hands on a copy of Young, Violent, Dangerous (1976) while in Italy—which I plan on watching this weekend.
Raro Video tweeted out a clip from Young, Violent, and Dangerous today that’s got me excited. When I watch it I feel like I’m back in the VHS rental stores of my youth scanning the b-movie section.
Raro Video was recently written up by J. Hoberman in the New York Times about their work “Reissuing the Italian Renaissance.” I love the title of this article, though its larger point is not fully articulated in the piece. The genre b-movies coming out of Italy from the 1960s through the 1980s were a low-budget renaissance of their own that the Italians still refuse to acknowledge. For far too many Italian cinema ends with Pasolini, Fellini, and Antonioni. While I can’t (and won’t) deny these directors’ genius, there’s another, equally influential, strain of genius in Italian cinema that begins with Mario Bava 😉