A new article by Dr Marco Paoli (Italian) examines metropolitan neo-gangsterism and the lure of capitalism in Carlo Lizzani’s 1968 film Banditi a Milano (Bandits in Milan/The Violent Four).

The film is a portrayal of the infamous Cavallero gang: it shows how their initial political frustration evolves over time, with the proletarian rebels turning into ‘managers’ of violent criminal organizations – something that underlines the influence of capitalist values and strategies.

Dr Paoli argues that the film reflects the escalation of criminal violence in the post-economic miracle period of Italian society. At this time criminals became increasingly ‘business-like’: their greed for money and success meant that gangs became more organized and efficient.

Marco Paoli, ‘Metropolitan neo-gangsterism and the lure of capitalism in Carlo Lizzani’s Bandits in Milan‘, Studies in European Cinema, 8/1 (Aug 2011)

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