Le Mans, Shortcut to Hell / Le Mans scorciatoia per l'inferno (1970)

1.5 out of 5

Osvaldo Civirani clearly loved motor racing and he made a few films around the sport and even included a few scenes in his heist caper The Devil Has 7 Faces. However this love here translates to the screen as overly long racing segments interspersed with an overly long stock car segment, an overly long bullfighting segment, an overly long fishing segment, some footage of marching bands, loads of film of crowds watching sport and plenty of scenes of the cast lounging about besides swimming pools or walking about while most plot development seem to be delivered over a tannoy system.

Edwige Fenech is in this and her talents are of course wasted in what seems like an overly long montage of the home movies of a motor sport enthusiast.

As a time capsule piece it is all interesting enough but fails miserably as an action film. Given a decent narration it would have probably made a really good sports documentary.

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