In 1970s Italy, after the decline of the Spaghetti Western, crime films were the most popular, profitable and controversial genre. The product of a country plagued with violence, political tensions and armed struggle, these films managed to capture and convey the widespread anxiety and anger in their tales of tough cops, ruthless criminals and urban paranoia. Recent years have seen a renewed critical interest in the genre, thanks also to such illustrious fans as Quentin Tarantino.
This book includes all the crime films produced in Italy between 1968 and 1980, the period when the genre began and reached its peak. With 220+ entries, it is the most complete English language book on the subject. Films are listed year by year. A complete cast and crew list, home video releases, plot summary and the author's own analysis are given for each film. Excerpts from a variety of sources are included: academic texts, contemporary reviews, and interviews with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors. There are many on-set stills and film posters.