The Tenth Victim

  • Dir: Elio Petri

  • Italy/France, 1965, 92minmins

  • Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli

Decades before The Hunger Games (2012), Petri adapted Robert Sheckley’s 1953 short story Seventh Victim into a parody on killing as television entertainment. Set in the near future when wars have been eradicated, humans’ violent instincts are satisfied with the “Big Hunt,” where contestants agree to 10 rounds – five as hunter and five as victim, with survivors winning $1 million. Absurd humor pervades Petri’s devastating satire of political power, sex, religion, corporate sponsorship and human exploitation. Piero Poletto, Italy’s most important post-neorealist art director, creates an unsettling world of ’60s mod design, complemented with Marcello Mastroianni’s blonde locks and former Bond girl Ursula Andress’s lethal bikini bra. (Take that, Honey Ryder!)

*Post-screening seminar with Lau Yam and Bryan Chang



    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-09-16 (Fri)
      2016-10-09 (Sun)


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