View Full Version : Damiano Damiani Report Card
05-28-2011, 12:46 AM
A Bullet for the General:A+
Day of the Owl:A
Most Beautiful Wife:A-
Confessions of a Police Captain:B
How to Kill a Judge:B+
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe:C+
Amityville II: The Possession:B-
06-01-2011, 06:00 PM
DD flies under the radar with many people but he's one of my favorite Italian directors.
A Bullet for the General:A++
The Empty Canvas:A-
A Witch In Love: A-
Confessions of a Police Captain:B+
Amityville II: The Possession:A+
06-01-2011, 06:20 PM
Dang, it's a shame I have such a poor memory and don't make notes on the movies I watch, because I'd love to contribute here. There was a point where I was grabbing every Damiani film I could get a hold of, and I enjoyed every single one of them. Aside from the films, I would HIGHLY recommend the first series of the Italian TV show The Octopus. It's available on DVD in the UK and Australia. Damiani directed the first series, but he didn't participate after that.
06-01-2011, 08:10 PM
LOVE A Bullet for the General. How To Kill A Judge was a bit slow going. Most Beautiful Wife I've had on disc for 2 years but still haven't got around to watching. Amityville 2 seems like the work of someone else.
06-01-2011, 08:48 PM
THE WITCH IN LOVE: A-
MOST BEAUTIFUL WIFE: A+
ARTURO'S ISLAND: B+
GOODBYE AND AMEN: B+
IL SICARIO: B-
IO HO PAURA: B+
HOW TO KILL A JUDGE: B-
A MAN ON HIS KNEES: A+
DAY OF THE OWL: B+
LA RIMPATRIATA: C+
L'ISTRUTTORIA E' CHIUSA,DIMENTICHI: B-
CONFESSIONS OF A POLICE CAPTAIN: B+
07-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Day of the Owl-Well made crime drama with good performances by Cobb and Nero. I like how the film begins and ends with the main protagonist and antagonists watching the other side through binoculars.
09-18-2011, 08:18 PM
I saw How to Kill a Judge today and I must disagree with complaints that the film is slow... I found myself very engaged and I love the meta-cinematic device of Nero as a film director whose film may have inspired a crime. Riz Ortolani contributes a memorable lush romantic score, an interesting contrast to the film's paranoid and mystery elements. I really enjoyed this film!
09-25-2011, 06:56 PM
He also made an interesting film called "The Temptor" (not to be confused with Alberto DeMartino's "Anticrtiso") with Glenda Jackson, Claudio Cassionelli, Lisa Harrow ("Omen III") and the ever lovely but regrettably wasted Ely Galeani ("Five Dolls for an August Moon", "Emmanuelle and the White Slave Trade").
It's kind of a cross between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and a modern-day nunsploitation flick. I was expecting another "Exorcist" rip-off, but it is actually more serious than that and in a way more interesting. . .
06-19-2012, 11:39 PM
Just watched The Case is Closed, Forget It. It's not a police thriller, really, but more of a prison drama-socio-political commentary. Great performances from Franco Nero, Riccardo Cucciolla and John Steiner. A spare score by Morricone. It's taut, suspenseful, at times moving and at times shocking. I pretty much loved it.
07-10-2012, 11:40 PM
Incidentally, Damiano's"The Most Beautiful Wife" was Ornella Muti's first movie (God bless you, Mr. Damiani!). It's pretty good too.
Also, I've only seen it on a well-nigh unwatchable downloaded bootleg (that somehow manages to crop out half of the burnt-in English subtitles), but I would STILL recommend a 1960 Damiano film "The Lipstick". Strangely, the very prolific Daminano never seemed to have made an out-and-out giallo, but a film of his called "A Rather Complicated Girl" (currently on the bootleg/download circuit) comes pretty close I guess. . .
Sergius O' Shaugnessy
07-26-2012, 10:43 PM
I love Bullet for a General
I own How To Kill A Judge but havent seen it yet
I watched some of his Amityville movie, sleazely movie that I caught in the middle..
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