Black Turin / Torino nera (1972)

3.0 out of 5

Despite Black Turin being the Hardy Boys type story of the Eurocrime wave, and featuring two children attempting to clear the name of their father who was wrongly accused of murder, the temptation of mawkishness is largely, conclusion aside, resisted by Bandits in Milan director Carlo Lizzani and instead, by casting a host of tough-faced poliziotteschi favourites and choosing gritty urban locations, the film fits easily alongside the more hard-nosed entries within the genre.

Child star Andrea Balestri, nine years old at the time of release, proves to be a revelation and would later go on to take on the lead role in the excellent made-for-television Le avventure di Pinocchio.

Downbeat and uncompromising, with a left wing pro-union theme, the film stars Marcel Bozzuffi as a bit of a rogue, perennial henchman Guido Leontini as a cop and funnyman Bud Spencer playing it straight as an incarcerated political agitator dad.

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