I Marziani hanno dodici mani (1964)

aka The Martians Arrived, The 12-Handed Men from Mars
Article 2850 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-25-2009
Posting Date: 6-2-2009
Directed by Franco Castellano and Giuseppe Moccia
Featuring Paolo Panelli, Carlo Croccolo, Enzo Garinei
Country: Italy

Martians arrive on Earth to plan an invasion. However, they find themselves seduced by the residents of the planet…

This movie has a rating of 4.5 on IMDB. It also gets a good review in ‘The Motion Picture Guide’. Given the fact that my print is in unsubtitled Italian, I can’t really make a call, especially as it seems that much of the humor seems to be verbal in nature. I do know that the Martians’ initial appearance on Earth in Nazi garb doesn’t go well. I also know that three of the Martians find themselves seduced by women, while the other is seduced by a jukebox. I also know that one of the Martians has an encounter with Italian comedians Franco and Ciccio (actually, my recognizing them from the photograph given to the Martian sent on the mission gave me the biggest laugh I had). There’s also a Martian dance craze, and the requisite number of jokes concerning the Martians’ interaction with inanimate objects. I have to admit it looks amusing enough, but only understanding the dialogue will tell me for sure.


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