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The Italian Job (1969)


A caper story with an impressive English, and Italian cast. And a huge focus on setting, set design, and visual Art. 

Firstly, for some reason I thought that this movie was more of an intense and serious movie. Something like “The Saint” (1962-1969) in which Roger Moore plays an off duty detective/spy. But of course this is totally not the case and I must have confused it with another movie from the late 1960’s. Nevertheless, it didn’t disappoint me because its lightness is totally appropriate for the genre which is caper (capriole). Additionally, the characters feel flat and undeveloped because of its genre. Normally this would be a huge minus but within this genre this is a must because it contributes to elements of capriole. I understand that some people might not be interested in this subgenre. However, “The Italian Job” is a perfect example of a caper story and anyone that is interested in film history should watch this film.

Moreover, the strength of this film is mainly the setting, set design, and the directing because each camera shot looks and feels like a perfect moment. Take for example the opening scene which contains an orange sports car (Lamborghini Miura). This specific orange color is also the color of the opening title, and later on we see at least one specific telephone with that same color. The same case happens with the three MINI Coopers (blue, red, white) because the bus that they will use later on has the same three colors. If you pay attention to these things you will also notice other interesting color schemes, and patterns. I would even argue that these specific color schemes are possible thanks to the light genre because it would look weird and silly within a James Bond movie. 

Additionally, the story is appropriately light as previously explained. However, the final scene was established for a sequel that was never created (the 2003 version is not a direct sequel). This is very dangerous because it can turn people off in the sense that it can look extremely weird. I have to admit that I even had to go back to rewatch the last 10 minutes because I thought that I missed something important. What they should have done is create a movie which would be independent from a possible sequel but which still has the possibility to integrate into a potential sequel. Alternatively, they could have created a 120 minutes movie instead of the current 99 minutes version (1H 39min). Therefore I think that the format was off, but again given this specific subgenre it is not a huge issue. However, if you are a person that needs a proper ending then you might find this very annoying. 

Overall, “The Italian Job” is a great movie. However, it also depends on what you want to get out of it. Because if you love classic cars, amazing light designs patterns, and color schemes then this is something for you. However, if you are only interested in a good structured story then look into a Roger Moore film, or series. Bottom-line, I think that this specific film can get away with a bad ending, and okay dialogue. Therefore, this is not a 10/10 film, and neither a 9.5/10. But in my opinion it does deserve a proper 9/10 because of the grand visual storytelling and the premise. 

If you are interested in the details about the ending of “The Italian Job” then you can read the following article here (SPOILERS): The mystery of The Italian Job’s cliff-hanger has been resolved after almost 40 years by Sir Michael Caine.

Directed by 

Peter Collinson

Writing Credits  

Troy Kennedy-Martin(written by) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)


Michael CaineCharlie Croker
Noël CowardMr. Bridger
Benny HillProfessor Simon Peach
Raf ValloneAltabani
Tony BeckleyFreddie
Rossano BrazziBeckerman
Margaret BlyeLorna (as Maggie Blye)

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