Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The 10th Victim (1965)

Director: Elio Petri

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It's the 21st century and they have a licence to kill.

Plot: It's survival of the fittest in the 21st century and population control is performed perfunctorily through legalized murder in a game called "The Big Hunt." The players are alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead. The "game" comes down to two assassins, both of whom are targeting each other: Marcello Mastroianni (who plays a womanizing Italian media darling) and a pistol-wielding, purple-pantsuit-clad Ursula Andress.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Groovy, stylish, cool futuristic sci-fi from the 60s that only the Italians could have made. It's a real gas but it drags in the middle of its 96 minutes. That's my only real gripe. Everything else is 60s fun from the sets and the clothes to Piero Piccioni's wild & bouncy score. Ursula Andress is scrummy as ever and she needs to have my Eurospy babies. Check out this clip but skip to 4:06 for the real fun. She's got KILLER tits!

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