A gripping and still relevant thriller, which predicted future trends, with a powerful score by Astor Piazzolla
The charming Alain Delon as an ice-cool criminal profiler who helps to hunt down a suspect caught between genius and delirium
A gripping thriller, made all the richer by the highly sociological aspect of its plot. Although solidly pertaining to genre cinema of the 1970s (undoubtedly a virtue), the film displays clear signs of some future cinematic trends: the chaotic coexistence of genius and delirium in the evil antagonist, the important figure of the criminal profiler (an ice-cool Alain Delon), the darkly rotten urban environment (many critics have made comparisons to Taxi Driver), the distorting role played by mass media in the perception of reality. The well-paced action and scarce but essential dialogue make the film’s plot particularly effective, with Astor Piazzolla’s emotionally detached and nostalgic score reinforcing the feeling of solitude and disenchantment that runs through the film. In general, Quel giorno il mondo tremerà wasn’t well received by the public when first released, but now appears a powerful and still very relevant work.
A psychopath calling himself “Armaguedon”, who wants to take revenge on a world that has condemned him to a life of mediocrity, threatens to blow up a theatre. He continually manages to avoid being captured by the police, who eventually turn to a famous psychiatrist for help. When the maniac, who has succeeded in having his crazy messages broadcast on TV, is about to implement his plan, snipers riddle him with bullets.