Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Michele Soavi's masterful 1994 film Dellamorte Dellamore has my vote, along with Dario Argento's disturbing The Stendhal Syndrome, as the best Italian genre film of the past twenty years. Soavi's film remains as fascinating, mesmerizing and haunting as it seemed when it hit American screens as Cemetery Man almost 15 years ago, perhaps now even more so.
Shot for, and aired on, Italian television before the film's initial release, here is a thirty minute program on the making of Dellamorte Dellamore. I believe part of this appeared on one of the film's import DVD versions, but this is the full special. The quality is only fair and it is sadly only in Italian so it will probably only be of interest to the film's hardcore fans, but a lot of the footage is priceless. The shot of stunning Anna Falchi in full costume talking to a little dog makes it one of my favorite rare videos in my collection. I've broken it up into three parts, and I hope one day it appears subtitled on a better release than Anchor Bay's all too bright version that is currently out.