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  Tenth Victim, The Buy this film here.
Year: 1965
Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Ursula Andress, Marcello Mastroianni, Elsa Martinelli, Salvo Randone, Massimo Serato, Milo Quesada, Luce Bonifassy
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Welcome to a game of legalised murder, where the ultimate winner nets a cool $1 million. The rules are simple: each participant must attempt to get through ten rounds - five as 'hunter', five as 'victim' - and while the hunter is privy to detailed information, his/her quarry must rely on intuition and a strong survival instinct. Film director Caroline Meredith (Andress) has just made her ninth kill and only promiscuous Marcello Poletti (Mastroianni) stands between her and the jackpot.

Given it's mid-'60s dateline, The Tenth Victim frequently delights with thematic and visual inventions that have so obviously inspired a good number of modern-day directors: Ursula's bullet-firing bra and a contract with Ming Tea (for the rights to film her final kill during a tv advert) were acknowledged by Austin Powers, while the live view-to-a-kill mayhem can now be filed under 'ubiquitous'.

Overall, Petri's film is bracing stuff indeed, combining a trail-blazing sense of style with bizarre humour that hits the net more often than the corner flag: curiously, The Tenth Victim occasionally suffers when Andress and Mastroianni share the same scene - mostly due to script deficiencies - but lovers of Diabolik Bond-ian fare will have a ball.

aka: La Decima Vittima; The 10th Victim
Reviewer: Steve Langton

 

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