Things are getting odd... in Elio Petri's I maestro di Vigevano

Elio Petri: The Teacher of Vigevano

August 20, 2015 Matt Blake 0

Petri’s next film was The Teacher of Vigevano (Il maestro di Vigevano,63), another intimate, black and white chamber-piece, which plays rather like a retread – albeit an even more pessimistic retread – of I giorni contato.

Richard McNamara in Totò nella luna, with Ugo Tognazzi and Jim Dolen

Richard McNamara

August 15, 2015 Matt Blake 2

Richard McNamara was another of the Americans – like John Kitzmiller – who came to Italy as an American soldier during World War 2 and stayed there, working in the burgeoning film industry

Andrew Squires walks his manor in Heretic

Heretic

August 11, 2015 Matt Blake 0

Heretic is the latest priest-sploitation film to cross my path, a no-budget 2012 release which generated a number of plaudits among genre aficionados when it played on the festival circuit and was released on DVD.

Alice Englert begins to feel In Fear

In Fear

August 8, 2015 Matt Blake 0

It’s one of the oldest ideas for a horror film there is: getting a couple of characters who have a less than perfect relationship, shutting them in a car in the middle of nowhere and then pitting them against a psychotic killer.

Giorgio Ardisson contemplates the fate of his fish in il Tuo Dolce Corpo Da Uccidere

Your Sweet Body to Kill

August 6, 2015 Matt Blake 0

This has to be one of the funniest “Black Comedies” ever. It starts out with Georgio Ardisson trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling woman who makes fun of him and continually insults his “fish collecting” hobby.