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    Boss, The (1973)
Directed By: Fernando Di Leo


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Last/Last Reviewed:2016.10.18/2016.11.05

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I have never connected with Fernando Di Leo until now. I had never seen a single one of his films and I don't know how. Being a fan of Italian genre cinema, i was nevertheless not quite into Poliziotteschi for some reason. Then i got introduced to Death Occurred Last Night (1970) which i loved! I became interested in exploring some more and after doing a bit of research, found out about Raro Video's very decent blu-ray releases and bought the 2 Fernando Di Leo sets. I was not disappointed. Every single one of those films was marvelous. In total, there were 7 movies: Naked Violence (1969), Italian Connection, The (1972), Caliber 9 (1972), Boss, The (1973), Shoot First, Die Later (1974), Kidnap Syndicate (1975) and Rulers Of The City (1976).

The Boss is a film that feels like Caliber 9 with a similar story, but with cast elements of The Italian Connection. Basically, a hitman in an organization is plotting to kill his boss and take over. Playing both sides, he gets the two organizations to start destroying each other so that he can emerge as the new Boss. Henry Silva provides a powerful and cunning performance that is the anchor of the film.

- Laurent Hasson