Io uccido, tu uccide (1965)

IO UCCIDO, TU UCCIDE (1965)
aka I Kill, You Kill
Article 3415 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-8-2010
Posting Date: 12-20-2010
Directed by Gianni Puccine
Featuring Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Rosalba Neri
Country: Italy / France
What it is: Italian comedy anthology

Italians find ways to kill each other.

This is a two-hour ten-minute movie starring Franco and Ciccio. Ordinarily, this comment would be a warning for you to run screaming for the hills, but it’s not as bad as it sounds; it’s an anthology movie of six different stories, only two of which feature the two comedians, and one of those is the shortest segment in the movie. Furthermore, they are used wisely, especially in the final story in which a man is warned by his doctor that he will die if he has one more cigarette; Franco’s mugging can be painful, but for him to play a man desperate for a smoke while having to suffer through the fact that his family is made up of chain smokers puts the mugging in the proper context. Granted, I’m guessing a little here; my copy of the movie is in unsubtitled Italian. Still, of the six stories here, only one is rendered incomprehensible; about all I can make out of the third story is that it’s a pastiche on Alfred Hitchcock movies. The smoking story is the final segment; the first one is the other Franco and Ciccio story, and it appears to be about cheating husbands and wives with the story eventually turning into a duel. The second story is fairly amusing; it’s about a man who comes up with a clever way to try to kill off an ailing relative. The fantastic content is largely limited to the fourth and fifth stories. The fifth is about a group of children who keep being passed from guardian to guardian because they have a way of eliminating those of them who don’t like their dog; there’s a certain spookiness to this one. The fifth story is about an ill-mannered suitor and a woman who undergoes a personality transformation during the full moon; it’s pretty unsettling to discover that she has her own personal cemetery. It’s scattershot, but the movie has its moments, even if you don’t understand Italian.

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