The 10th Victim

  • Directed by Elio Petri
  • Italy/France, 1965, 92 mins.

“Petri’s black comedy imagines the hunting of humans as a government-sanctioned, globally televised sport, a gladiatorial combat meant to relieve tension and settle conflicts in an otherwise anesthetized world devoted to mindless consumption. The 10th Victim amusingly remains a classic ‘commedia all’italiana’ of the 1960s, with Marcello Mastroianni in his archetypical role as the castrated Casanova struggling to maintain his inbred macho poise as he is assaulted not only by Ursula Andress’s gun-toting Amazon, but by a mercenary wife (Luce Bonifassy) and an impatient mistress (Elsa Martinelli), who have joined forces against him.”—The New York Times.

Genres: Black Comedy