I just had the distinct honor of helping Cinedelic Records in Italy produce an LP release of one of my favorite soundtracks: Stelvio Cipriani's funk score to THE PERFECT KILLER, a 1977 Italian-Spanish hitman film starring Lee Van Cleef.
In writing the liner notes for the record, I reached out to Alberto Dell'Acqua, the actor-stuntman who played the film's villain -- and played him with a whopping amount of unlikable confidence.
Mike Malloy: You put in such an amazing performance as the arrogant younger hitman. Did you have a model or inspiration for this sort of cockiness?
Moments before his character's demise,
Dell'Acqua takes aim at the car that pins him to his death.
I did not do anything exceptional on THE PERFECT KILLER, the most dangerous was the one where I go with the car against the wall, the scene in which I was dying.
|Lee Van Cleef gets the momentary drop on the arrogant Dell'Acqua in a very satisfying PERFECT KILLER moment.|
|Since Dell'Acqua seemed to like John Ireland, it's a shame he had to ... well, watch the film.|
|Van Cleef and Dell'Acqua each with actress Diana Polakov, whose character's nether regions suffer an ignominious fate.|
THE PERFECT KILLER is aka SATANIC MECHANIC (U.S. budget VHS), OBJETIVO MATAR (Spanish title), QUEL POMERIGGIO MALEDETTO (Italian title) and EL ASESINO PERFECTO (Mexican title?). The Spanish DVD seems to be the only standalone release of the film on disc, but it was also thrown onto a cheap U.S. budget collection called MOB MOVIES (not recommended).