10th Victim, The / La decima vittima (1965)

5.0 out of 5

Part of the appeal to Elio Petri’s The 10th Victim is that it paints a comical future world in the 21st Century where the ‘60s are still “in.” Superficially, the envisioned future as is depicted seems absurd and full of anachronisms, and yet considering the film’s satirical themes, it strangely feels on-the-mark.

The circumstances to a bout in a game of legalized killing between leads Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress ultimately causes an almost tender love story to develop between the hunter and the hunted, and things become impressively tense with an underlying feeling that one must inevitably kill the other.

Brilliant, weird, and much too ahead of its time to have at first been seen as something significant, The 10th Victim’s odd timelessness makes it that much more pleasing.

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