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MASTER TOUCH (aka) UN UOMO DA RISPETTARE (1973)
MASTER TOUCH (aka) UN UOMO DA RISPETTARE (1973)

Master Touch (aka) Un Uomo Da Rispettare is what can be genuinely described as an unsung classic of poliziotto. Outside of ‘Escape From Death Row’ (1973) this appears to be, Michele Lupo’s only foray into the grimy idiom of Italian crime cinema, and by Jove what a dashed shame, as this brisk, stylish actioner is up there with the very best. Premise is simple and stylishly handled: Steve Wallace (Kirk Douglas) is a seasoned heist expert who is encouraged to attempt a seemingly impossible blag of removing $1.000.000 from what initially appears to be an impenetrable fortress masquerading as a bank. What separates this from many other similar titles is the weathered, enigmatic presence of veteran actor, Kirk Douglas, whose roguish, insouciant exterior belies the heart of a truly exemplary, meticulous thief. As Kirk’s better half the delightful, Florinda Balkan has little to do outside of sporadic brooding followed by a soupcon of crotch-expanding smolder, but her preternaturally sultry visage has improved many a euro cult offering, and ‘Master Touch’ benefits exponentially by her ravishing physiognomy; and the woefully underrated, Giulino Gemma excels as the nimble trapeze artist who is recruited to construct what appears to be a vacuum-tight alibi.  The film’s manifold delights include a destructive, hair raising, cacophonous car chase through the dank streets of Hamburg and the beautifully handled heist is a veritable Boy’s own dream. It would be remiss not to mention the low key, atmospheric score by Ennio Morricone which adds a terse piquancy to all the sweaty-browed, Alpha Male theatrics.      

 

 

 

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