Gangster's Law / La legge dei gangsters (1969)

2.0 out of 5

Beginning with a robbery, then going into a flashback to the events that lead up to the heist, La legge dei gangsters immediately puts viewers in mind of Banditi a Milano from the prior year. However the first half of Gangster's Law quickly descends into more experimental 60s fare as we see the would be bandits drifting from one psychedelic happening to another replete with body painting and far out dancing.

The gang is led by Maurice Poli who partners a rich con man played by Klaus Kinski.

The second half of the feature is far tighter than the first with a cleverly executed heist followed by betrayal at the hands of the excellent Kinski.

The movie is interesting as a piece of early Italian Eurocrime cinema however all but the most patient may find their attention beginning to drift during the first half. Eurocrime regular Nello Pazzafini also stars.

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