Lisa And The Devil (Lisa e il diavolo) (1973)

MARIO BAVA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/West Germany/Spain/USA, 1973.  Leone International.  Screenplay by Mario Bava, Alfredo Leone.  Cinematography by Cecilio Paniagua.  Produced by Alfredo Leone.  Music by Carlo Savina.  Production Design by Nedo Azzini.  Film Editing by Carlo Reali.   Elke Sommer is terrific as a tourist visiting Spain who is distracted from her walking tour after seeing a fresco depicting the…

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The Condemned Of Altona (I Sequestrati di Altona)

BB (out of 5) Vittorio De Sica made movies that were often less important than his best, but it is rare to see one that is actually boring.  He gets no life out of Jean-Paul Sartre’s miserable play about a German industrial family who enjoy their post-war wealth while ignoring the dark secrets of their…

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Esther And The King

BBB.5 (out of 5) Highly enjoyable Biblical epic that does a dramatically impressive job of telling the story of Queen Esther, the woman who saved her fellow Jews from complete extermination by the King of Persia. Having been kidnapped on her marriage day and brought to the palace as a possible wife to King Ahasuerus…

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David And Goliath (David E Golia)

BB (out of 5) Hilariously junky Biblical epic featuring Orson Welles at an unfortunate career low. He plays Saul, the noted King of Israel who is told in prophecy that a shepherd named David will lead his people to victory against the Philistines and take his throne after him. David, following the death by lightning…

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