THE CLIMBER REVIEWED
“The Climber” finds Joe Dallesandro as the worst criminal. He gets his friends killed, his motorcycle is destroyed and he loses money for his bosses. But, this poor schlub keeps finding his way back into someone’s good graces. If you don’t know Joe Dallesandro from his Warhol films, the appeal might diminish for you. That being said, I wish Little Joe did way more movies like this. Who doesn’t love a movie about a gross idiot botching everything?
In a better movie, The Climber would’ve been shot in the back of the head and dumped in an alley. However, this film finds its heart by keeping this guy’s dumb journey pushing forward. It’s only when the titular character forms his own mafia out of vengeance that we find something fun. The finale violence is rough, but it fits that Poliziotteschi brutality. Hopefully, Arrow will dig deeper into that classic well. I’m not holding my breath, but this recent Borowczyk renaissance is pretty startling.
- Brand new lengthy interview
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: 5/16/17
The Plot Thus Far
After shooting cult favourites Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi (Savage Three, Season for Assassins) to nunsploitation (Killer Nun). The Climber follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge… Written and directed by Pasquale Squitieri (Gang War in Naples, I Am the Law), The Climber is a prime example of Italian crime cinema – a high-octane action-thriller full of brawls, fistfights, shootouts and explosions!