Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Review: Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Director: Mario Bava

Cast: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora,

John Phillip Law
John Phillip Law
Marisa Mell
Marisa Mell
Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
Adolfo Celi
Adolfo Celi
Claudio Gora
Claudio Gora

Plot: International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.

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The Pemini Organisation on Blu-ray from Indicator

The Pemini Organisation on Blu-ray from Indicator

Indicator unearth an obscure corner of ’70s British cinema with a box set of the three movies made by recent filmschool graduates who formed a production company called The Pemini Organisation. Despite extremely low budgets, director Peter […]

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<i>World Cinema Project 4</i>: Criterion Blu-ray review

World Cinema Project 4: Criterion Blu-ray review

With their fourth set of World Cinema Project restorations, Criterion again present a fascinating collection of films from different periods and different cultures: two features from post-colonial Africa which illuminate the complex effects of […]

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Summer grab-bag, part four: (almost) all the rest

Summer grab-bag, part four: (almost) all the rest

A quick survey of four dozen disks watched over the summer […]

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Edgar G. Ulmer&#8217;s <i>Cossacks in Exile</i> (1938)

Edgar G. Ulmer’s Cossacks in Exile (1938)

Thanks to the Provincial Archives of Alberta I’ve been able to fill in another small gap in my experience of Edgar G. Ulmer’s eclectic filmography; although scanned from a very ragged print, the Archives’ upload of the […]

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Aleksandr Ptushko&#8217;s epic fantasies

Aleksandr Ptushko’s epic fantasies

Deaf Crocodile has released two of Aleksandr Ptsuhko’s epic fantasies in gorgeous Blu-ray editions which restore the films to their original form after decades of only being available in badly-dubbed, re-edited versions. Ptushko’s […]

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Recent releases from the BFI Flipside

Recent releases from the BFI Flipside

Two recent BFI Flipside releases unearth an odd assortment of movies from the fringes – the standalone feature The Appointment (Lindsey C. Vickers, 1981) and volume 2 of the Short Sharp Shocks anthology series which includes the allegorical […]

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Summer grab-bag, part three: Vinegar Syndrome partners

Summer grab-bag, part three: Vinegar Syndrome partners

In addition to their own regular schedule of releases, Vinegar Syndrome serves as an umbrella for an eclectic (and seemingly ever-growing) collection of small labels, many of which specialize in titles so far out on the fringe that their appeal […]

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Marcel Carné&#8217;s <i>Hôtel du Nord</i> (1938): Criterion Blu-ray review

Marcel Carné’s Hôtel du Nord (1938): Criterion Blu-ray review

Doomed romance is offset by a vibrant sense of community in Marcel Carné’s Hôtel du Nord (1938), one of the filmmaker’s remarkable string of poetic realist masterpieces from the late 1930s to the mid-’40s. The film’s rich […]

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Farewell to a good friend: Howard Curle

Farewell to a good friend: Howard Curle

Howard Curle, one of my oldest and dearest friends, passed away on August 12 after a four year fight with cancer. It will take a long time, of ever, before I can come to terms with this loss – but he has left me with decades of wonderful […]

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Digital resurrection

Digital resurrection

Digital tools put in service of restoring films from a century ago produce spectacular results with Blu-rays of Carl Th. Dreyer’s uncanny Vampyr (1932) and Louis Feuillade’s serial Tih-Minh […]

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