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Blood in the StreetsHistories of Violence in Italian Crime Cinema$
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Austin Fisher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411721

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411721.001.0001

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Corruption and Conspiracy in the Poliziotteschi and the Vigilante Filone

Corruption and Conspiracy in the Poliziotteschi and the Vigilante Filone

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(p.42) Chapter 2 Corruption and Conspiracy in the Poliziotteschi and the Vigilante Filone
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Blood in the Streets
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Austin Fisher

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411721.003.0003

The first half of the chapter examines poliziottesco or 'police procedural' format films whose plots invest in notions of high-level coup d'état conspiracy, arguing that such films seek, not to explain or to 'make sense' of the violent events of the 1970s, but instead to enact a ritual recognition of only partially understood, but pervasive and therefore assumed corruption. The second half examines vigilante films, which simultaneously hanker after an imagined past time of moral certainty, and amount to nihilistic assertions of the futility of fighting against a corrupt, faceless system. The assumed, taken-as-read ubiquity of corruption in these two groups of films is shown to manifest itself through seemingly minor scene-setting details and off-guard moments of background exposition, which expose preoccupations with the nation's traumatic past and the historical continuity of systematic institutional brutality.

Keywords:   Poliziottesco, Vigilante films, Corruption, Conspiracy

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