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(aka "A Violent Life" or "Violent Life")

 

Directed by Paolo Heusch / Brunello Rondi
Italy / France 1962

 

Based on Pier Paolo Pasolini's second novel. A Violent Life (Una Vita Violenta) tells the story of a group of kids who live in one of the poorest and most disreputable neighborhoods in Rome. The story is set at the end of WWII. Thomas lives at the expense of others, like all his other companions, stealing and wasting time. But one day after a theft, Thomas gets arrested. When he comes out of prison he contracts tuberculosis, going through an inner struggle which changes his worldview. He begins to think about his future as a human being and vows to change his life. Hoping to become honest, Thomas gets engaged to the beautiful Irene and also decides to participate in political activity, joining the Communist Party. Then there is a sudden accident, and Thomas once again is faced with the most important challenge of his life.

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Tommaso Puzzilli is a boy who grew up in the suburb of Pietralata outside Rome. Not having a job, Tommaso and his friends are committing crimes to make money.

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Theatrical Release: March 29th, 1962

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Review: Raro Video - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:47:04.333       
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1.66:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 21,350,500,409 bytes

Feature: 18,366,498,816 bytes

Video Bitrate: 19.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 1592 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1592 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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Interview with director Luciano Emmer (5:50)
Interview with film historian Stefania Parigi (6:38)
Interview with film critic Umberto Rondi (10:38)

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Blu-ray Release Date: January 31st, 2023

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

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ADDITION: Raro Video Blu-ray (January 2023): Raro Video have transferred Paolo Heusch and Brunello Rondi's A Violent Life to Blu-ray. It is on a single-layered disc with a modest bitrate and has a contrast issue in the beginning - looking pale, faint and muddy - but it, generally, improves as the film runs. The source density appears to have been compromised, but the 1080P image is not unwatchable and the issues seem only to re-surface in the darker scenes later in the film. There isn't much grain texture and only occasional depth. I suspect it may have improved on a dual-layered, max'ed out bitrate, transfer. Imperfect but very watchable and certainly a full notch above SD if far from an ideal HD presentation.   

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On their Blu-ray, Raro Video use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (24-bit) in the original Italian language. A Violent Life has aggressive sequences of crime and assault which often amounts to bullying. The score s by Piero Piccioni (Two Mules For Alex,  Illustrious Corpses, Fox With a Velvet Tail, Three Brothers, Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin, The 10th Victim, Adua and Her Friends, Hands Over the City, L'assassino,  The Moment of Truth) sounding quite effective. Raro Video offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Raro Video Blu-ray offers about 20-minutes worth of 3 video interviews with Italian film director Luciano Emmer (Pictura: An Adventure in Art), professor at Roma Tre University, Stefania Parigi - author of Cinema - Italy (Cinema Aesthetics) and with film critic Umberto Rondi. All in Italian with optional English subtitles. There is also a 16-page liner notes booklet with an essay and photos.

Paolo Heusch ands Brunello Rondi's (his directorial debut) Violent Life is based on a 1958 novel with the same name by Pier Paolo Pasolini described as "a reminder of his role as a bridge between the brutal naturalism of the neo-realists and a more fantastic style." The film focuses on the protagonists grim past and spiritual health redemption. There is also some politics between Mussolini and the Italian Communist Party. It's a curious and unflinching look the pervasive moral decay surrounding poverty but strikes positive chords of soul reclamation - at dire costs. The Raro Video Blu-ray offers this strong, lesser seen, effort with modest video but interesting extras including a liner notes booklet. A commentary would have vaulted the value, imo. Regardless, this is highly worth seeing for fans of Italian 60's cinema and Pier Paolo Pasolini writing contribution.

Gary Tooze

 


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