The Tenth Victim

ELIO PETRI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Original title:  La Decima Vittima

Hilarious science-fiction spoof by politically controversial filmmaker Elio Petri. and are participants in a futuristic cat-and-mouse game where players sign up to kill each other for prizes. Why worry about preventing birth when you can control death is the key philosophy behind the exercise, one which allows a healthy amount of publicity for the skilled survivors. When our two stars end up getting each other’s number, he as victim and she as hunter, they are faced with an extra challenge: they fall in love and have to do something about it. Deliciously campy sets and costumes add to the very smart screenplay and screwy direction, with Andress giving a sexy and intelligent performance in a role that allows her to be a hell of a lot sassier than much of the material she had to work with in America.

Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, Les Films Concordia.  

Italy/France, 1965.  

Screenplay by , , , Elio Petri, based on the story The Seventh Victim by .

Cinematography by .

Produced by .  

Music by .  

Production Design by .  

Costume Design by .  

Film Editing by .  

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