Gripping from start to finish, Uno Bianca
is an outstanding police procedural originally broadcast on Italian television in 2001, now available as a superbly packaged DVD set from NoShame Films. Italian horror and suspense master Michele Soavi (Cemetery Man
) brings his formidable talent to bear on the fact-based 1991 case of the "Uno Bianca" gang of thieves and killers, so named because they use a white Fiat Uno as their getaway car. When their commander is killed in an attempted raid on the gang, detective Valerio Maldesi (Italian star Kim Rossi Stuart) and his partner Rocco (Dino Abbrescia) begin an aggressively maverick campaign to capture the killers, whose reign of terror leaves a rising body count at banks, supermarkets and gas stations along the Rimini coast. Intelligently scripted by veteran actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (a.k.a. George Eastman, Rabid Dogs
), this two-part, three-hour action thriller unfolds with superior plotting, character development, and bursts of violence that emerge sensibly (and not gratuitously) from an intense series of cat-and-mouse confrontations. A slick, expertly crafted production, Uno Bianca
plays out with the forceful momentum of Michael Mann's Heat
combined with the sensible casework of Helen Mirren's acclaimed British series Prime Suspect
. If the climax seems mildly anticlimactic, it's only because Uno Bianca
is realistically faithful to actual police methods, uncompromised by artificial action or implausible plot devices. As the intricate plot unfolds to include Maldesi's pregnant wife and the stressful effect of his obsessive pursuit of justice, Soavi handles action and suspense with Hitchcockian precision, and the casting of Stuart and Abbrescia simply couldn't be better.
NoShame's two-disc DVD release of Uno Bianca is first-class in every way, with an abundance of bonus features (interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a photo gallery, etc.), and an informative, well-written booklet of background detail and cast/director biographies. Just for fun, there's even a cardboard cut-out so you can make your own miniature white Fiat Uno! For discerning DVD collectors everywhere, it's this kind of care and attention that distinguishes NoShame from other, less fan-oriented DVD distributors, and Uno Bianca is entirely worthy of this high-class presentation. --Jeff Shannon
One of the most contraversial Italian made-for-TV thriller made in the recent years, by the hottest modern Italian horror director Michele Soavi
retelling a true story that shocked the Italian public and society for over 10 years.
In this violent action thriller, Kim Rossi-Stuart (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) and Dino Abbrescia (I'M NOT SCARED) are detectives on the trail of a criminal gang perpetrating terrorist attacks along the Rimini coast and getting away each time in a white Fiat Uno. When pursuit of the gang ends in the death of their superior officer, the detectives go beyond the law to bring the killers to justice
only to find that their identities are as shocking as their crimes. UNO BIANCA finds Michele Soavi employing his trademark suspense tactics to give added tension to this fact-based action film, co-scripted by veteran EuroCult actor-writer Luigi Montefiori (RABID DOGS). NoShame Films is proud to present the American premiere of this two-part, three-hour film, originally broadcast on Italian television and unlike anything you've ever seen in prime time.