The Sunday Intertitle: Za & Za

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“Za la Mort and Za la Vie with old aunt Camilla live happily in the countryside.”

And they have a really nice kitchen, actually.

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This domesticity is a surprising element, since Za la Mort is a kind of super-criminal. But he only uses his powers for good.

The Italians were quick to copy Feuillade’s supervillain capers like FANTOMAS, but, while the Frenchman is clearly at least somewhat enamoured of his invincible bad guy, the Italians, as we’d see even more clearly later in DANGER: DIABOLIK, basically had more sympathy for crooks than cops.

This is I TOPI GRIGI (1918), which I missed last year at Bologna but am catching up with now.

Za la Mort may be a criminal, but he’s up against much worse criminals, one of those secret societies you hear about. To be continued…

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The faces are extraordinary. Za la Mort (left) has just saved this young chap, and his little dog too, from a street gang.

TO BE CONTINUED

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