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Umberto Lenzi

As a quick and efficient director-for-hire, Umberto Lenzi’s flair never missed the mark. He had a talent for sniffing out trends and delivering exactly what the public demanded: the sensational! Best known for the notorious cannibal orgy "Cannibal Ferox" (“Banned in 31 countries!”), he also invested his skill in Italian genre films like giallo thrillers and polizeischo cop movies. His early giallo "Paranoia" ("Orgasmo") was the first major production to be rated X by the American MPAA. With Carroll Baker as the film’s star and the promise of naked flesh, the film drew huge lines of curious spectators. And while violence and corruption spread like gangrene throughout Italy in the 1970s, it was Lenzi once again who filled the cinemas with his exciting reels of urban justice – featuring moustached policemen, screeching Alfa Romeos and thumping soundtracks. That’s why we start our homage in Bozar, with Lenzi’s masterful poliziesco "Almost Human", accompanied by Calibro 35 playing an exciting live version of the Morricone soundtrack.

Umberto Lenzi is present at the festival from the 22nd until the 24th of March and will personally introduce his films. We will start our hommage on Tuesday the 13 of March with a live soundtrack of Calibro 35 on the film "Almost Human" ("Milano Odia") in Bozar.



Rome Armed to the Teeth

(Roma a mano armata)

Umberto Lenzi, 1976, IT, 35mm, vt ang , 95'

A cop attacks the hump-backed boss of the local mafia. A pulp masterpiece pulsating with action and car crashes that are nearly as unbelievable as the cop’s moustache.

22.03 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€


Umberto Lenzi, 1974, IT, video, vt ang , 94'

Utterly bizarre paranoia thriller with a labyrinthine plot. Just like the main character, you’ll be lost between broken conversations, dangling mannequins and mysterious stalkers hiding in the shadows.

22.03 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€


Umberto Lenzi, 1981, IT, 35mm, vt ang , 93'

Got a weak stomach? Stay at home! The hyper-violent Cannibal Ferox is without a doubt the most brutal, vicious and obnoxious of all the Italian cannibal movies. "Banned in 31 countries!"

23.03 > 24:00
5€ / 3,5€


Paranoia

(aka Orgasmo)

Umberto Lenzi, 1969, IT, 35mm, vt ang , 91'

A fabulously wealthy and lascivious widow finds herself trapped in a web of intrigue cast by her young playboy. "Make me feel dirty – DIRTY!"

24.03 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€


Umberto Lenzi, 1980, IT-ES-MX, 35mm, vt ang , 92'

Fast-running zombies with a penchant for bosoms wreak havoc on the city. A cult classic full of energy, with one of the most bizarre epilogues in the history of cinema.

24.03 > 24:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€


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