IL GRIDO
1957, Compass Film, 116 min, Italy/USA, Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni

Commonly described as a link between the Italian neorealist movement and Antonioni’s most famous works of the following decade, IL GRIDO follows a disillusioned working-class man (Steve Cochran) who voluntarily detaches himself from all facets of society. Disappointed by everyone in his life, including his lover (Alida Valli), the man wanders the Po Valley, vainly searching for human connection. As in his best films, Antonioni sets a thoroughly bleak tone throughout by hermetically enclosing his characters in chilling landscapes and stark industrial environments. Winner of the Golden Leopard Award at the 1957 Locarno International Film Festival.


EVIL EYE
LA RAGAZZA CHE SAPEVA TROPPO
1963, NAOR World Media Films, 86 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Director Mario Bava pioneered the giallo genre with this Hitchcockian suspenser (aka THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) about a young American chased across Rome by "the Alphabet Murderer." Tourist Leticia Roman visits her aunt, only to have the old woman die of a heart attack on her first night there – just as the electricity goes out! In quick succession, Roman runs out into the stormy night, gets knocked down by a purse snatcher and witnesses a brutal murder. But when she awakens in the hospital, no one believes her. She is befriended by a smitten young doctor (John Saxon), who begrudgingly helps her try to find the key to the mystery. Look for Italian-American actor Dante DiPaolo as the tormented reporter who may know the killer’s identity (DiPaolo later became George Clooney’s uncle by marriage to George’s aunt Rosemary).


BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO
1960, NAOR World Media Films, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Mario Bava’s first full film as a director stars Barbara Steele in a double role as a deathless witch and her own virginal descendant. With John Richardson and Ivo Garrani. “Still the No. 1 film of the Italian Horror renaissance, startlingly original and genuinely creepy.” - Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant. English dubbed print.


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