Closed Circuit

Film, Thrillers
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The central idea of Closed Circuit - an audience watches a spaghetti Western in a cinema; as it finishes the gunman on screen shoots and a member of the audience drops dead with a bullet hole in his chest - is just fine. Sadly, the film proceeds to dissipate its generic thriller elements in stodgy Italian stereotyping and overplaying, while never quite having the courage to fully develop its philosophical pretensions about the spectator and the screen. Unable to resolve its dilemma, it opts for an unsatisfying mish-mash of half-baked notions and presents it as a climax.

By: SM

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Giuliano Montaldo
Screenwriter: Nicola Baldalucco
Cast: Flavio Bucci
Aurore Clément
Ettore Manni
Brizzio Montinaro
Giuliano Gemma
William Berger
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