Poliziotteschi is the Italian subgenre of crime/action cinema that became popular in the late 1960s through to the early 1980s. The term “poliziotteschi” is derived from “polizia” the Italian word for police and “esco” i.e. “esque” in American language. They are also commonly referred to as Italo-Crime and Euro-Crime films. The word “Poliziottesco” in particular represents specifically the 1970s crime/police actioners. Regular components featured in these films included: over the top violence, car/motorcycle chases, heists, shootouts. The subgenre’s plots and stories usually involved police procedurals and mafia wars, as well as political corruption within Italy’s big cities like Naples, Milan, Torino and Rome.
During the mid to late 1960s, Italian cinema was highly visible due to the popularity of its new spaghetti western genre. Yet, by the start of the 1970s, the spaghettis were beginning to get repetitive and derivative. The Italians, who were known to not rest on their cinematic laurels for long, picked things up by moving into other “pulp” genres, including giallo cinema and macaroni combat films which were followed immediately by the poliziotteschi. (grindhousedatabase)Read less