Passport for a Corpse / Lasciapassare per il morto (1962)

4.0 out of 5

There is plenty of Poe-like possum play as a heist goes Pete Tong and a hapless hoodlum gets a harebrained idea of smuggling himself across the border ensconced within a sealed casket. So crazy it just might work? Not a chance. The plan, after all, is so batshit crazy that it could only result in disaster. The film however, unlike the plan, is sheer genius.

A film largely of one player the dialogue is largely internal although this is helpfully shared with the viewer via Johnny Got His Gun type narration that prevents a considerable segment of the film consisting solely of a bestubbled and befuddled Alberto Lupo gawping at the inside of a box.

Fans of Short Night of Glass Dolls will really dig this Italian crime, thriller, horror, supernatural noir and those with a penchant for text adventure games along the lines of Humbug or Jacaranda Jim can play along by screaming hints such as taking the screwdriver or lighting the match while the idiotic fugitive decides frustratingly to start burning money to keep warm.

Passport for a Corpse is the dogs-bollocks, make no mistake about that. It is simply brilliant from start to finish.

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