Four Veils for a Frigid Corpse

Rare Lubitsch film discovered in Milanese tree hollow!

Looking through the vid-stores of Milan, in search of novelties to take home, my brain reeled and spasmed with joy at the many and varied titles. In Italy, John Huston’s HEAVEN KNOWS, MR ALLISON is known as THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH. With Robert Mitchum as The Flesh! How marvellous. And then there were the Italian films, many of them unknown to me. Here are a few I spotted:

APOSTLES WITH INKY SPATS

NO SCALLOPS FOR THE LADY IN GREEN

SWEET NIGHT OF THE BLOODY CHAMPION

A HARD MAN FOR A DOLLAR

RUSTY INFERNO

THREE SWINE IN A GLASS COFFIN

IF YOU SEE CANTATA, SHIT… THEN DIE!

DON’T BE UNKIND TO A SAPLING

LAST BULLET FOR A YELLOW FROG

FORBIDDEN MIMEOGRAPHS OF A CITIZEN BENEATH CONTEMPT

OK… I may have invented one or two of those.

From CORPUS DELECTI IS STILL MY NAME.

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10 Responses to “Four Veils for a Frigid Corpse”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    Best Italian title yet…

    YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND I ALONE HAVE THE KEY

    This film does exist (and on DVD too) but no, I’ve never seen it

  2. Yes, I was going to do YOUR VICE IS A MELON AND ONLY I HAVE THE SPECIAL CURVED KNIFE but I thought better of it.

    With a title like that, YVIALRAOIHTK can’t possibly fail to be good, can it?

  3. I still like Their Bodies Bear Traces Of Carnal Violence!

    It reminds me of a brief trip to a French shop on a school trip and seeing Jaws titled as Les Dents!

  4. We should steal that. A horror movie called The Teeth would do great business. Everybody’s anxious about teeth!

  5. i think there was a horror film out in the summer called “teeth”. it was about a girl who had lots of extra teeth. she kept them in her bathing suit area. the trailer featured a lot of shocked looking teenage boys.

    “vagina dentata, what a wonderful phrase…” is how the theme tune didn’t go

  6. “…you’ll become a castrata / if you invade her space…” is how it didn’t continue.

    You’re right, there is such a film (at last!). For some reason I always remember the lead actress’s name: Fiona Horsey. She’ll never be a star with that name.

  7. Arthur S. Says:

    One of my favourite movie titles that’s also outrageous yet in a poetic way…

    DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET

    directed by…who else…SAM FULLER

  8. It’s beautiful. I guess the slang meaning of pigeon justifies it, but I like it in its literal sense too. It’s really an episode of a German cop show called Tatert, I believe.

    When German friend Kris heard about the Scottish cop show Taggart she wondered if every nation had it’s own cop show with that kind of title.

    And it’s a running joke at my work that when my French boss pronounces “Taggart” with a silent “T” it sounds really classy…

  9. Leave us not forget The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies.

    If that isn’t surrealist poetry I don’t know what is.

  10. I think it’s “who stopped living” that makes it.

    Death Lays an Egg is a pretty fine giallo title, as is Don’t Torture a Duckling.

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