Corruption in the Halls of Justice / Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia (1975)

3.5 out of 5

Gianfranco Clerici, the writer behind the story of Cannibal Holocaust, tells a story of corruption within the judiciary that seemingly owes much to the work of Damiano Damiani and in particular How to Kill a Judge. This wordy and worthy conspiratorial thriller is heavy on talk and intrigue but low on action although bizarrely, and rather briefly, the film takes a brief detour into the I Spit On Your Grave territory albeit without a revenge element possibly explaining the alternative title of Smiling Maniacs.

The Damiani connection could be further emphasised by drawing attention to the fact that the film features the pairing of Martin Balsam and Franco Nero, the two stars of Confessions of a Police Captain.

While less likely to appeal to fans of more action oriented Eurocrime Marcello Aliprandi's Corruption in the Halls of Justice nevertheless is a solid enough political crime film that would no doubt be of interest to those who found enjoyment in Damiani's work in this area

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