A campy futuristic tale where people hunt one another for sport. In this film, Victim and Hunter run around Italy trying to score a kill in front of the movie crews they arranged so they could make commercials from the footage.
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I think this film proves how sophisticated of a genius Petri was: he could jump from such a style to politically active cinema by always being credible and consistent. He'll never be as well known as he deserves.
What a cheeky little clever film combining elements of dark comedy and preposterous but amazing visuals. A film that not only peaks on entertainment value, but also has a method to it's own madness as keen social satire.
A rollicking and razor-sharp satire. Its commentary on society and the role of the media in it is years ahead of its time, while never taking itself too seriously. And it’s stepped in 60s Italian cool, aided by charismatic performances from Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, and a weird peppy score by Piero Piccioni. A cult classic that deserves to be better known.
Having Marcello in this movie is a bit like having a Maserati in a soap box derby. It's a fun film with great set design and all the silliness of a Bond film. You know that it's the future because so many people are wearing white jumpsuits.
***1/2. That's the science-fiction I like the best. Smart and showing us probable future things. The Big Hunt Game seems to have popped up out of TV's filled today with provocative Reality Shows. News channels and advertisings are still polluting our life. I also liked Mastroianni with blonde hair and Ursula with short skirts. A movie I like to watch again and again. Almost highly recommended.
Saw this at MIFF 2017. Really fun and enjoyable dystopian thriller with that surreal 60s pop art aesthetic that I love so much. I liked this more than Quiet Place in the Country and Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion. Petri's eccentric playfulness works a lot better here.
Apart from a totally miscast Mastroianni, this is an exquisitely good-looking sci-fi film with a totally (scarily) plausible premise. Very stylish and loaded with lavish set design, sophisticated fashion and the wildly fresh spirit of the 'swinging sixties'.