Friday, September 23, 2011

LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN (1976) - Ruggero Deodato

What does it take to become a cop in Rome's ultra-elite, ultra-secret task force? The one so secret and so elite that even other cops in the precinct don't know its name? Here's a handy slide show presentation...

1.) You must have no reservations about patrolling the city doubled up on the back of your partner's motorbike, hugging him about the waist.

2.) You must have no qualms about lewdly propositioning the office secretary with promises of multiple orgasm, tantric sexual abilities, threesomes with your partner.

3.) You must have absolutely no compunction about setting 50 to 60 sports cars ablaze in parking lot for reasons only vaguely related to the case you're pursuing.

4.) You must be skilled at "enhanced interrogation techniques." (i.e., squeezing a suspect's testicles  until they sing like a jaybird or pass out, whichever comes first)

5.) Finally, you must be willing to shoot a suspect point blank in the head. Or snap his neck when no one's looking. Whatever does the trick. Forget the handcuffs. Forget human rights in general. You're in an Italian crime movie in the '70s. You have a "license to kill," dummy. So use it!

Think you have what it takes to live like a cop, die like a man? Then check out this morally suspect yet massively entertaining piece of Eurotrash grindhouse cinema. Much like Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, it delivers the genre thrills and then some in the seediest possible way.

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