Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In the fabulous future, legalized assassins compete at hunting each other down in a globe-trotting show called The Big Hunt. The latest match-up is a doozy: a blond Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress play the computer-selected killers. Italian master Elio Petri’s snazzy entry in 1960s Pop Art–inflected cinema plays out as a satire on mass media, but also partakes of the glamorously weary romantic affairs of the jet-set. Bonus bit of New York history: the opening was shot on the demolition site of the old Penn Station.
“A bravura satire.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Ridiculously chic.” —Sight & Sound