San Babila-8 P.M. / San Babila ore 20 un delitto inutile (1977)

4.0 out of 5

Carlo Lizzani captures the streets of Milan with a documentary-like styling in this tale of the a group of neonazi teenagers and the dynamics of the group in a world seemingly populated entirely with those from the political fringes.

Communist demonstrations are shown and the police are portrayed as inconsequential as larger than life caricatures duke it out for control of the streets for ideologies which are not really explored in any meaningful way, thus rendering the explosive Gladio era political climate as little more than a gang turf war as the plod stand idly by.

While the plot itself is a little threadbare Lizzani makes the enterprise interesting with guerrilla film making techniques giving a wonderful feel for both time and place. This, as a strength, does far outweigh any downside and the film does at least attempt to contextualize a little more than some of the other nihilist wayward violent youth movies that came out of Italy around this time.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics