Duck, You Sucker (1971)

Ahhh…how good it feels to see a full-on, well-made, spaghetti western again, and not one of those cheap imitations! I’ve been on a bit of an Italian-film diet after numerous complaints about my film choices never being after 1970 and always Italian.  In my own defense, I do tend to choose foreign over domestic, but they aren’t always pre-1970. Here we have a happy medium … Continue reading Duck, You Sucker (1971)

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

It was a brilliant move for Spike Lee to make a half Italian-language WWII film. He sets the film in Italy; there are Italian Resistance fighters (i partizani) and Judases and Nazis and compassionate Nazis; he has Italian cast members who are speaking Italian (and there are Germans speaking German too); the cinematography is foggy in a daybreak-on-a-mountainside sort of way; and he blends it … Continue reading Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Tenth Victim (1965)

A.k.a. La decima vittima in Italian.  Directed by Elio Petri. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen any other films by Petri.  I’m not sure I’ll be running to the video store (or the Netflix queue) to try and find others, to be honest. This film, on the surface, is about society’s acceptance  and perpetuation of violence.  The plot centers around legalized hunting of humans, a.k.a. The … Continue reading Tenth Victim (1965)

Il bidone (1955)

This film’s English title is The Swindle.  It’s directed by Federico Fellini.  By now, I’ve seen about 85 % of Fellini’s films.  Slowly but surely I’ve been accomplishing that goal over the years. What I like about Fellini is how he presents (and therefore essentially critiques) society and our various approaches to life.  A consistent presentation of such in his films is that of the … Continue reading Il bidone (1955)

Black Sunday: The Mask of Satan (1960)

The film’s Italian title is La maschera del demonio.  I’ve seen a few other Bava favorites:  I tre volti della paura (Three Types of Horror, a.k.a. Black Sabbath, 1963), and Ercole al centro della terra (Hercules in the Center of the Earth/Hercules in the Haunted World, 1961).  I’m continually impressed with Bava’s films.  I have never specifically been into Italian horror films but the more … Continue reading Black Sunday: The Mask of Satan (1960)

Suspiria (1977)

It’s nearly Halloween so I thought I’d take a mind trip through some classic 70s Italian Horror.  I’ve seen another Dario Argento film, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red, which had David Hemmings (Barbarella, Blow Up) in it. Suspiria came highly recommended.  A friend from grad school recommended it to me a few years ago and I have just now gotten around to watching it.  What can I … Continue reading Suspiria (1977)