The 10th Victim
Victim (1965), AKA La Decima Vittima, is a futuristic SciFi comedy,
where violence has been legalized and organized. Each person who signs
up with "the hunt" must engage in 10 hunts, 5 as hunter and
5 as hunted, alternating roles. Anyone who wins 10 hunts gets $1m, and
there is money for each victory. The hunter gets complete info on
their prey, and the hunted only knows that they are being hunted. If
you kill the wrong person, it is 30 years in jail.
|As the film opens, Ursula
Andress is the hunted in her 9th hunt, and we watch her finish off the
hunter with a double barreled bra. She is assigned Marcello
Mastroianni as her 10th and final hunt. She is offered big bucks by a
tea company if she can do him in at a particular temple while they are
filming a commercial. Marcello suspects her, and makes
arrangements to kill her in a special place as well. Along the way,
they fall in love.
||The DVD marks the first time this film
has been available for home viewing, to my knowledge. 1965 is a little
too soon for nudity in a mainstream film, even in Italy, but Ursula
poked through and peeked out of most of her costumes. The DVD has
little in the way of special features, and the transfer quality leaves
much to be desired, but there are audio and sub-title options enough
to satisfy anyone.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, I would call this a C+, were it not for
Ursula. Her presence makes it B.
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