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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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…

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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…

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Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole)

BBB.5 (out of 5) The film that launched decades of gladiator movies and ignited the career of Steve Reeves, whose beautiful face and impressive physique more than made up for passable if not amazing acting talents (here he is dubbed anyway).  He plays the legendary hero who, in this tale, is hired by the king…

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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…

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