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Patrick Süskind – Perfume

Paris, 1738: the fish market. Here, in the smelliest place of the smelliest city in the world, was born Jean-Baptiste Grenuille, the perfume genius. From...

CAIN'S MOVIE COLLECTION

Ugly, Dirty and Bad

Down and dirty is too important to simply be defined  by a movie genre. A grotesque comedy, perhaps, but sometimes also a drama and...

Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman (1974) is an Italian Comedy Film based on Giovanni Arpino’s novel The Darkness and The Honey (Il buio e il...

MAKING MOVIES

“Deep Red” by Dario Argento

We attended a parapsychology conference in Rome. In that same room, Helga Ulmann (Macha Méril), a German medium, felt the presence of a person with deadly thoughts, someone who had already killed and would...

Nocturnal Animals

Susan (Amy Adams) is an unhappy gallery owner, imprisoned in the apparent perfection of an upper middle class life. When she returns home after yet another disappointing opening, she finds a parcel...

Polular

Cataldo Russo – Courtiers, Court Jesters and Mafia Bosses

Antonio Schifino, a worker in Italy during the seventies, frozen against his will, wakes up 10 years later in a country that has changed...

Clara Arosio – Perspectives and characters in Fruttero’s and Lucentini’s crime novels

  Parallel investigation In this essay, Clara Arosio studies two books – The Sunday Woman (Harcourt Brace, 1973) and A che punto è la notte – ...

Stefano Di Marino – Tiger’s brigades

  Adventure, ladies & gentlemen! Paris: Between the year 1912 and 1913, at a crucial moment in history. Stéphane Renard, the commissioner of the Police Brigades...

William Wall – Alice Falling

Alice cheats on her husband. Alice has sex with a much younger man, a student of philosophy who loves her quoting Kierkegaard and would...
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking

Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking

Los Angeles, 1987. The Sunset Strip shimmers, swarms to a hybrid beat of pop, metal and glam fashion. Harley Davidsons, fishnet stockings, studs, black...

Ernesto Masina – The Fascist Vegetable Garden

  Tragicomic provincial story It’s with clear delight and gentle writing that nearly octogenarian Ernesto Masina challenges himself with this first work, a tragicomic, fantasy story...

Francesca Nodari – Dolores’ Story

  A missed opportunity This is a story of the conflicts between the author and her father, with a small provincial town near Brescia - indifferent...

Rogelio Iriarte – The Angel’s Hand

  The difference between living and enduring In The angel’s hand, Rogelio Iriarte avoids separate chapters so readers can lose themselves in a medley of emotions,...

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Dan Simmons – The Terror

In 1845, the Erebus and the Terror, two English sailing ships, sail in search of the legendary Northwest Passage, but remain stuck in the...

Robert Crais – Taken

With Taken I renewed the pleasure of reading a story by Elvis Cole and his friend and partner Joe Pyke, who investigate the disappearance...

Robert J. Conley – Geronimo. An American legend

Geronimo, an American legend. Twenty years ago, Walter Hill's movie was written by John Milius. I translated Robert J. Conley's novel, which was far...

Richard Stark and Darwyn Cole – Slayground

Hard boiled afternoon lesson: Slayground (in Italian Luna-Parker) by Richard Stark (pseudonym of Donald E. Westlake). Very strained, all set in a disquieting amusement...

Augusto De Angelis – The Murdered Banker – Six Women and...

In The murdered banker, commissioner Carlo De Vincenzi, a careful investigator of human nature, must exonerate a friend from an overwhelming accusation of murder....

William Dalrymple – Return of a King

William Dalrymple, an expert on the Indian sub-continent (In India and Delhi are two great books to understand India) takes us to Afghanistan, in...

Jack London – The Paths Men Take

The Paths Men Take is a book that presents a wide selection of photographs taken by Jack London during his travels, accompanied by an...

Ross Macdonald – The Moving Target

Detective Harper is instructed by Elaine Sampson, a high society lady, to find her husband Ralph Sampson, a wealthy self-made man in the oil...

William De Andrea – Killed With a Passion

Matt Cobb has to deal with alleged corruption of  a network of people in the small town where he went to university. In between business...

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BiG HeRO 6

After his brother dies in an accident, young Hiro inherits his science project - a...

Sin City – A Dame To Kill For

  After nine years, Basin City, alias Sin City, is still a crossroads for madmen, killers,...

Snowpiercer

  In 2031 a new ice age will exterminate nearly all the population. The last survivors,...

Robocop

When Detroit becomes the experiment for a new military technology, only a man inside a...

Captain Harlock 3D

  In a faraway future humanity abandoned a polluted Earth and lives in colonies on the...