Before winning the top prize at Cannes in 1972 for ‘The Working Class Goes to Heaven’, Elio Petri’s directed this sci-fi thriller 'The 10th Victim'.
After generations of war, society has become more peaceful thanks to the Big Hunt. Watched by the entire world, the show gives people with violent tendencies or a desire to become famous the chance to survive a gruelling hunt. A number of hunters and victims are each given a gun with a limited number of rounds. Their object: to kill their prey or survive the hunt. But what happens when the final victim (Marcello Mastroianni) falls for one of the hunters (Ursula Andress)?
If it sounds familiar, you’d be right. The film has influenced a wide range of action movies, political satires and YA blockbusters, from Peter Watkins’ ‘Punishment Park’, the Schwarzenegger shoot‘em-up ‘The Running Man’ and dodgy Ozploitation ‘Turkey Shoot’ to ‘Battle Royale’ and, of course, ‘The Hunger Games’. It might be a world away from the socially-conscious, award-winning films that Petri would eventually direct, but ‘The 10th Victim’ is a blast.