A collection of reviews of films from off the beaten path; a travel guide for those who love the cinematic world and want more than the mainstream releases.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
In the interest of recommending films that are easy to find I'm going to talk about one that can be found for about a buck in the bargain bins pretty much everywhere. This is a solid little Italian crime drama that is a really good introduction to the genre. This was also the sort of film that was forever playing in the grindhouse circuit mostly because its a dubbed Italian crime drama.
This is the story of a police captain/commissioner who is trying to fight mafia infiltration into government and the police force using unorthodox methods (he springs one mafia leaders enemy from an insane asylum in the hope he'll try to kill his foe). he ends up getting hooked up with a prosecutor trying to do the same thing. The plot is much more complicated than that but that should be enough to get you started.
This is an excellent little thriller that unjustly has been made to seem as if its pure trash film instead of the griping crime drama it is. I know the fact that its in the bargain bins and on the discount dump racks makes the film instantly suspect in the eyes of many people. To be honest many of the films you find there are trash but there are some, like this film, that are better than you might think. I'm guessing their dump bin status is the result of just having a poor distributor who took the money and ran leaving the film to flounder.
I really like this film a great deal and its the sort of thing where I've made an effort to see it again simply because I find it the perfect sort of film to sit down relax and chill out with, especially when I'm in a Euro-crime mood.
If you like crime dramas this is definitely worth a shot. More so since I'm going to guess that you're going to find this film for about a buck.
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