LISA AND THE DEVIL
LISA E IL DIAVOLO
1972, NAOR World Media Films, 95 min, Italy/West Germany/Spain, Dir: Mario Bava

First released in the USA in an alternate edit with some different footage as THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM (to phenomenal success), this is one of Bava’s masterworks. Tourist Elke Sommer is lured by devil Telly Savalas into a household of white lilies and rotting corpses. Caught in a time warp of decadent, aristocratic decay and horrifying, half-remembered memories of a fatal amour fou, Sommer tries desperately to find her way out of the nightmare. But there may be no escape. Elegiac and dreamlike, with Bava’s own poetic brand of morbid, melancholic lyricism. “Beautifully filmed and exquisitely scored by Carlo Savina … as much a dreamy art film as it is a European horror opus. Many of the images rank among Bava's best … with a strange and haunting finale that offers several levels of interpretation.” – Mondo-Digital.com; “…a hauntingly beautiful poem about decay and death.” - Phil Hardy, Overlook Film Encyclopedia of Horror.


BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ
1962, Park Circus, 147 min, USA, Dir: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton

Convicted killer Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) becomes an internationally respected bird expert from behind prison bars in this true story. Director John Frankenheimer livens up a potentially static tale with innovative visuals and help from a supporting cast that includes Karl Malden, Telly Savalas and Edmond O'Brien.


ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE
1969, MGM/Park Circus, 140 min, UK, Dir: Peter Hunt

When Sean Connery decided to take a hiatus from the role of Bond, producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to former male model George Lazenby to play Ian Fleming’s super-spy - and wound up with one of the most satisfying (and underrated) of the 1960s Bond films. Lovely Diana Rigg proves more than Bond’s match as the two team up to topple scar-faced Ernst Blofeld (Telly Savalas) in the Swiss Alps.


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