Bandits in Milan / Banditi a Milano (1968)

5.0 out of 5

Excellent docu-drama of a notorious 1960s Milano bank robbery is not a poliziottescho but a solid crime film with a political punch. Its jagged editing and thrilling direction by Carlo Lizzani anchor a great, smug performance by Gian Maria Volonte as the sweaty, sociopath clown of a gang leader. It’s almost as startling as seeing Tomas Milian play the Milano police commissioner. The buildup to the insane robbery, chase and senseless deaths that follow is as gripping as the action when it explodes. Remember this superior example of the Italian crime genre when watching the worst poliziottescho garbage, especially because this movie contain sensational elements , but they are all true. Lizzani here is on his game, and the movie’s strengths should have translated better into future poliziotteschi films. More Italian crimers could have used its doses of reality and politics amidst all the boobies and bloodshed. Day of the Cobra this ain’t.

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