ICE-Vision: Danger: Diabolik (Mario Bava, 1968)
Thursday, February 24 at 8 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150
Film Studies major Will Stephenson continues ICE’s informal weekly series, selecting a variety of world cinema classics and subcultural curiosities.
“This super-stylish live-action adaptation of the popular 1960 Italian comic book is easily the best of the spate of ’60s European comic-strip / superhero movies. Bava clearly understands the notion of comic book panels and cinema frames, creating dynamic compositions which perfectly mimic the actual comic-strip panels…Each single shot in Danger: Diabolik gives the impression of enormous space and imagination. Bava is a master in the use of colours, drowning his images in garish greens, yellow or reds, as well as creating a detailed, three-dimensional world enhanced by wide-angle lenses, psychedelic sets and outrageous costumes. Also worth noting is Ennio Morricone’s outrageous electric guitar and sitar-laden score.” – Sound On Sight
“Infantile junk.” – The New York Times