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

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Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France/Spain, 1959.  Galatea Film, Lux Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Urania Film.  Story by Pietro Francisci, Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Francisci, based on the play Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Bruno Vailati.  Music by Enzo Masetti.  Production Design by … More Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959)

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Judex

BBBBB (out of 5) This stylish masterpiece by Georges Franju is adapted from a 1916 film serial by Louis Feuillade, inspiring the filmmaker to include a great deal of silent film technique in its remarkably smooth telling.  A wealthy banker with a shady past is warned that his comeuppance will come at the stroke of … More Judex

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Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (1958)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Italy/Spain, 1958.  Embassy Pictures, Galatea Film, O.S.C.A.R., Urania Film.  Screenplay by Pietro Francisci, Ennio De Concini, Gaio Frattini, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, adaptation by Pietro Francisci, based on the poem The Argonautica by Apollonios Rhodios.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Federico Teti.  Music by Enzo Masetti.  Production Design by Flavio Mogherini.  Costume Design by … More Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (1958)

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Juliet Of The Spirits (Giulietta Degli Spiriti)

BBBBB (out of 5) More magical wonder from Federico Fellini, this time making his first feature film in colour (he had directed a short in Boccaccio 70 a few years earlier). Starring Giulietta Masina (the real Mrs. Fellini) as a fictionalized version of herself, Juliet of the Spirits can be considered a female companion piece to … More Juliet Of The Spirits (Giulietta Degli Spiriti)

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