Luciano Lutring is a dangerous fugitive in Italy where he meets Candida, a nightclub singer, and they fall in love. On their back is Candida’s lover Franco Magni, a two-bit gangster. Powered by his new-found fame and reputation, Lutring increasingly becomes more and more reckless.
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MOVIE MAGIC! At the gas station, you can see by the front of their car that they're driving a Chevy. Once they're back in their car, you can see by the hood ornament that their car has transformed into a BMW!---MEMORABLE DIALOG! In the elevator, he asks her if there is any more underwear. She asks him if he has peed in his pants again!---ACTION! Watch two nightclub singers throw stuffed animals at each other!
The story and plot were compelling and the acting very good! Albeit at times over the top and maybe a bit too dramatic, but overall I would say a fine job was done, especially the main actress. I was not very fond of the main character Luciano, and although the actress did a great job, I found Yvonne herself to be confusing as she often darted from loving to hating Luciano too many times. Nonetheless a decent film.
The opening 20-30 minutes shows SO MUCH PROMISE. Some production design looks great and then the very next scene will seem cheap and a bit shoddy. Very uneven. Also Hoffmann is not very dynamic or worth rooting for. He's very bland and of course, slapping his wife around everywhere doesn't exactly ingratiate us to this underdog criminal. It's a mish-mash of a crime film that fails to tell a very engaging story.
A very good mobster movie and exactly what I'd expect from the 60's with a few surprises. The characters were very well crafted occasionally there was some over the top acting but none the less. The story was exciting and the pace of the movie never had me drifting off.