Screening of the film “Mannaja. Man called the Blade” directed by Sergio Martino as part of the Sergio Martin Retrospective series and the meeting at the Octopus Film Festival 2019.
In 1977, when Sergio Martino was entering the “Mannai” plan, the spaghetti western was already falling – television grew in popularity, and those viewers who bought movie tickets definitely preferred contemporary police films. So, alongside the legendary “Keoma” with Frank Nero, “Mannaja” was one of the last representatives of the genre, which barely a decade earlier brought Italy billions of profit liras every season. In Martin’s film you can feel the atmosphere of dusk. Mannaja, the head hunter, who is hired to take off the kidnapped daughter of a local entrepreneur, is a dark, brutal and bloody film, embellished with grim music of the brothers De Angelis. This is also the title that involves one of the most interesting anecdotes in the history of Italian genre cinema. When the artists arrived at the plan, it turned out that the town built there is in ruin. Because the finances did not allow for renovation, Sergio Martino came up with the idea to download the dimmers to the plan, thanks to which the whole scenery will be covered by thick fog. Thanks to this, the budget was saved, and viewers and critics praised the sleepy and dark atmosphere of the film.