The history of a modern state explained through the used police cars, that’s the surprising angle of the five episode series Le Pantere Della Polizia Italiana.
These are times of fear and social and political unrest. History repeating itself? With ‘Le Pantere della Polizia Italiana’ CineCars digs deep into the origin of the 20th century western society. Society as we know it is being threatened by mechanisms we individuals can’t grasp. In 2016 the CineCars community made its very first longer documentary. A movie on the rise of modern Italy in post second world war Europe. An intriguing story on the impact of fear and terror on a society in full expansion. On geo-political development, crime and not least the role of the fast growing automobility. Because we should take lessons out of the things that passed.
The nineteen fifties, Europe is getting swiftly back on its feet. There is money to be made, things to be done. The streets of Italy are flooded with cars. The new republic is quickly changing from a rural community to a truly modern country. Where prosperity rises, criminality takes the same high road. Gangs in fast cars try to outsmart the Italian police force. In comes the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super. Black, sleek, well equipped and fast. A panther on the prowl. CineCars brings you the birth of a legend, La Pantera.
The Alfa Romeo 1900 Super, the company’s first all new post-war family saloon got a special treatment to accommodate the Polizia di Stato with a powerful yet versatile patrol car. Modern as it is, the 1900 is quick, agile and easily carries four police officers. In its black livery the sleek profile of the car quickly earns it the nickname that would carry on to its successors for decades to come: Le Pantere, The Panthers.
Watch Part one: Una Nuova Italia