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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The 10th Victim (1965)

Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Salvo Randone, Massimo Serato
Directed by Elio Petri
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

In the 21st century, the sport of hunting human beings has been legalized, and when an American huntress travels to Italy to stalk her latest victim, she begins to fall in love with him.

More a social commentary piece than a serious science fiction effort, this Italian film has some good points to make, but it doesn't delve deep enough into the world it creates to draw the needed parallels to our own.  It spends more time trying to advance its central love story, but despite some chemistry between leads Mastroianni and Andress, I found their characters not very well-fleshed out or compelling.  The movie's premise is interesting, and has surely inspired plot lines in more recent films, but in my opinion, the filmmakers don't succeed at what they're trying to accomplish.

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