Not a very good addition to the Eurocrime genre, bottom
of the barrel stuff, but quite interesting to see the Warhol
legend Joe Dallesandro strut around as an unlikeable
lowlife Naples gangster in an Italian version of Scarface.
Interesting? Yes, as Joe Dallesandro was a goodlooking guy who got his
parts in erotic artmovies just due to that
fact, and to his willingness to appear in the nude, he plays this part
as if he's a male bimbo ... Hey, i'm a good-looking
guy, look at me, i'm in an Italian movie playing a gangster, ain't that
cool, huh ... sort of.
But, i'm not that mean as Joe Dallesandro himself, in the wonderful
extras interview, admits he was a bad actor, and
somehow this posing style of his works out as his gangster feels very
unlikeable, a slimy guy and rotten to the core.
A dark, if ineptly made, gangster saga without any glamour or heroes
as opposed to the Brian De Palma masterpiece
that followed some decade later. The latter where Tony Montana, as brutal
and bestial he may behave, due to Al Pacino's
enormous charisma make him decidedly .... likeable, we love Tony Montana
and that grandiose demise of his, well i do
anyway. If the 1984 Scarface is a glossy crime saga fantasy film masterpiece
this B or C grade version of the same story
is shady and gritty, but still quite bad though. But the Naples streets
footage with the Rolls-Royce was kinda cool.
The Story: Aldo (JD) works as a cigarette smuggler in
the Naples harbour but when he and his partner skims off some
profit to themselves his boss Don Enrico have him worked over and thrown
out of Naples. Aldo goes to Rome, after
hiking a ride with beautiful Luciana played by gorgeous redhead Stefania
Casini. For me she's forever the unfortunate
Sara, the school-mate of Suzy Bannion, that American girl ..., in Dario
Argento's Suspiria, and meeting her demise
trapped in wire and by the knife of (probably) Alida Valli's Ms. Tanner.
In the interview Joe tells us that Casini and he had an intense love
affair in real life, "she left Bernardo Bertolucci for me".
In Rome Aldo put together his own gang of scumbags and then returns
to Naples to take over the business of Don Enrico.
I suppose the director Squitieri meant the Aldo Gang's members to be
cool or something but, maybe he was drunk when
shooting this part of the film, they appear as nothing but slime ....
Aldo and the Turds Takes Naples !
widescreen 1.85:1 with Italian DTS-HD MA mono with english
subtitles or an english mono dub.
Extras: Little Joe's Adventures in Europe: a 2017 interview with legendary
Joe Dallesandro (29 minutes) and this was
GREAT, one of the best interviews with an ex-filmstar i've ever listened
to. If Dallesandro is somewhat annoying in the
film he's very, VERY sympathetic here. He's a bit sour that the english
dub does not feature his voice, plus a Booklet
and a DVD version of the film in region 2