Perforated “R”

The Sunday Intertitle Limerick deals with Mario Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY, and can be found here. And another lim, perhaps the first ever composed on the subject of Dwight Frye’s walking stick, is here.

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Meanwhile, Bava’s magnificent horror compendium BLACK SABBATH can now be pre-ordered on Blue-ray from the good people at Arrow Films.

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It has an essay by me, if that helps (it shouldn’t: you should want to own this regardless).

As a kind of trailer or foretaste of that dark, exotic pleasure, here’s another piece by me, about Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY, also available from Arrow — access it here, at Electric Sheep Magazine. And there’ll be more on this theme soon…

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The Sunday Intertitle is Away.

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8 Responses to “Perforated “R””

  1. “The most important eyes in horror cinema since Karloff’s” Indeed. And not just in horror cinema.

  2. Steele’s memories of working with Fellini strike me as Impossibly Romantic and just wonderful. Marcello arriving by carriage every morning, still in his pajamas, and sleeping through make-up as they poured espressos into him…

  3. Romantic but true. Barbara would have been in Fellini Casaniva had not the fascists looking to derail Salo not stolen a huge chunk of the Fellini in their raid on the film lab. Pasolini was able to complete his work easily. Not so Fellini. He had to reschedule and as a result was forced to dump a planned sequence with Barbara.

  4. Italian labs seem rather insecure places. Leone’s motto was to shoot everything twice so the lab would have something to destroy. Fellini lost footage on Cabiria too, stolen by DeLaurentiis, finally returned after his death.

  5. DeLaurentiis had that footage removed because the church objected. It featured a man claiming to a be a priest — who wasn’t — going about helping people living in caves on the outskirts of Rome.
    This was based on fact. Pasolini had discovered this. The church was of course enraged at the sight of an “imposter” doing the work it should have done, but of course declined to do — preferring sucking up the the upper classes.

  6. DDL’s argument to Fellini, “It’s a great film, but it’s long, and it’ll still be great when it’s shorter,” is cunning, but misses the fact that the people in caves offer a despairing glimpse of Cabiria’s potential future. Removing that scene really reduces the film’s bite.

  7. If I never got started as a horror-movie enthusiast, the reason is probably that I started with a big-screen exposure to BLACK SUNDAY, at age 11. The resultant trauma informed me that sterner stuff was needed than I had to offer. Barbara Steele’s image above induces flashbacks, 50 years later.

  8. Then I would advise against — quite definitely AGAINST — a late-night solitary viewing of Bava’s Black Sabbath. Seriously.

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