"Eurocrime!" is an excellent if low budget documentary about a film genre that is begging to be rediscovered. This has all the hallmarks of a labor of love. The information in the documentary is five star; the production value is between two and three stars. However, the film makers do interview many of the key players (my favorite is Franco Nero, a work horse of the Italian film industry during this period and a fine actor). But the cost of getting the rights to excerpt so many films means that film clips themselves are infrequent and often low quality or straight from trailers.
But this documentary is more than just a review of a genre; it branches into social and economic factors that served as inspiration and backdrop. The Mafia (many different varieties) and the Red Brigade are discussed as much as any individual actor or director. And all the important moments are covered, although many are just touched upon because of the vastness of the overall subject. In fact, the entire movie viewing habits of Italy becomes one of the focuses, along with the impact of television viewing. I commend the authors for their reach.
As far as entertainment, there is plenty of that as well. Sections about insane stunts and dangerous practices are jaw dropping (such as the clip of a rifle blowing out glass in a car perhaps two feet from the main Hollywood actor). And the remembrances of actors such as Henry Silva and John Saxon are priceless and worth the price of admission alone. As I said in the beginning, this documentary does a better than average - excellent, in fact - job of covering the subject in the widest possible sense. It is only inconsistencies of the production - cropped screens, occasional bad audio during an interview - that make me lower this from a five star review. By the way, make sure to watch the Tomas Milan interview in the special features - one of a kind!
I wish someone would do similar documentaries about Giallo films and Italian horror...