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(370) TUNNEL UNDER THE WORLD (1970) Luigi Cozzi Science Fiction
(370) TUNNEL UNDER THE WORLD (1970) Luigi Cozzi Science Fiction

Based on the Legendary SciFi novel by Frederik Pohl

original Italian title IL TUNNEL SOTTO IL MONDO [The Tunnel Beneath the World]

director: Luigi Cozzi
starring: Alberto Moro
Bruno Salviero Anna Mantovani

One day, an ordinary man in a small town realizes that he is living the same day over and over again. Actually, he - and everybody around him - were once human but their city was destroyed by an industrial accident and their consciousness have been transferred into tiny robots. Their memories get erased every night and are replaced by a new batch of advertisements tested by space aliens.

This was the debut project by Luigi Cozzi. At the time, he was managing Dario Argento's Profundo Rosso bookstore in Rome and had become enamored with American Science Fiction. After reading Frederik Pohl's Tunnel Under the World, Luigi decided to make it into a movie. Encouraged (and financed) by Argento, Cozzi began shooting sequences in his spare time. The young man had a rudimentary understanding of cinema [having assisted Argento on various projects, including the scripting of FIVE DAYS OF MILAN] but he was more enthralled with the French New Wave, especially films of Jean-Luc Goddard. As a result, this SciFi cautionary tale of advertising-gone-wild is as bleak as it is experimental. This film was followed a few years later by one of the great Italian giallos, Cozzi's DARK IS DEATH'S FRIEND.

This print also includes an on-screen introduction by Lugi Cozzi [see pic, above center].

An Italian film with English subtitles; fullscreen, 65 minutes;
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include original theatrical trailer.

Violence/Sexual Situations
Recommended For Mature Audiences

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