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Egyptian Theatre
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Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Cinematic Void 2020
5-Film Giallo Marathon

OPERA (aka TERROR AT THE OPERA), 1987, 100 min. Dir. Dario Argento. One of director Dario Argento’s greatest masterpieces, OPERA is a tour de force of deliriously cinematic setpieces surrounding the murderous production of an operatic version of "Macbeth." (The script was inspired by Argento’s attempt to mount "Rigoletto"!) Argento’s camera moves like a thing possessed: swooping, gliding, tracking a bullet through a peephole and, in one mind-bending shot, whirling around the opera house on raven’s wings. When a prominent opera star suffers a nonfatal car accident, her understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) must take on the role of Lady Macbeth. Coincidentally, a deranged madman goes on a homicidal rampage. Costarring Ian Charleson and Daria Nicolodi (DEEP RED). “A violent aria of memory, bad luck, the artistic drive and the horror of the stare. … If you've pinpointed the identity of the film's killer, it's of little consequence - the genius of the film lies not in such details but in Argento's operatic attention to death and the way in which the film's killer forces Betty's gaze.” – Ed Gonzalez, SlantMagazine.com.

A BLADE IN THE DARK (LA CASA CON LA SCALA NEL BUIO), 1983, Blue Underground, 110 min. Dir. Lamberto Bava. Lamberto Bava’s second film channels the works of his father, Mario Bava, in this stylish and mean-spirited giallo. Working on the score for a horror film, a composer looks for inspiration and concentration in a Tuscany villa. But when a killer begins to stalk him, he realizes that clue may be within the very film he is working on.

TORSO (I CORPI PRESENTANO TRACCE DI VIOLENZA CARNALE), 1974, AGFA, 92 min. Dir. Sergio Martino. Co-eds are being found strangled around town and the only clue the ski-masked killer has left is a red and black scarf. Wanting to have a little getaway from the murder and mayhem, a group of students venture out to a country villa. But unfortunately for them, the killer has decided to take his own vacation with them. Sergio Martino pushes this giallo entry into proto-slasher territory, with gonzo gusto where all the bodies show traces of carnal violence.

THE BLACK CAT (GATTO NERO), 1981, AGFA, 92 min. Dir. Lucio Fulci. Loosely based upon Edgar Allan Poe’s tale, iconic Italian horror master Lucio Fulci shows his claws in this bizarre, supernatural-tinged giallo hybrid. A psychic uses mind control abilities to make his cat to take vengeance upon his enemies. But when a detective (David Warbeck from Fulci’s THE BEYOND) and photographer (Mimsy Farmer) discover the cat scratches, they follow the feline trail back to the psychic. However, not wanting to risk its nine lives, the cat turns the tables on his master and implements its own mind control.

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS? (LA POLIZIA CHIEDE AIUTO), 1974, AGFA, 96 min. Dir. Massimo Dallamano. Former Sergio Leone cinematographer Massimo Dallamano’s follow-up to WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? is an action-packed murder mystery. When police investigate a teen suicide, they soon realize there are more insidious things afoot. As they look deeper into the crime they discover a teen prostitution ring and those involved become the target of a motorcycle-riding, cleaver-wielding killer. Also released as THE CO-ED MURDERS.

OPERA and A BLADE IN THE DARK in Italian with English subtitles. | Special Ticket Prices: $20 General, $17 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers. | Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Jan 25, 2020 • 2:00pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Fri, Jan 31, 2020 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Scott Spiegel & Danny Hicks In Person!
Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Encore Screening! In Person Guests!
Fri, Mar 27, 2020 - 9:45pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian