I tre volti della paura (Black Sabbath) 1963 M
2.45PM Sun 10 Sep 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Black Sabbath will screen from a 35mm film print.
This screening will be of the definitive Italian version of the film, rather than the heavily censored and re-edited American theatrical release.
Black Sabbath is perhaps the greatest anthology horror film committed to celluloid. Its three tales of terror are brilliantly realised under Mario Bava's inventive direction, with cinema icon Boris Karloff providing a short introduction (and somewhat bizarre send-off) to the film, as well as appearing in its central episode. Although Black Sabbath has no narrative connection to Bava's Black Sunday 1960, the two films act as quintessential examples of gothic cinema and would act as key influences on horror filmmakers for decades. Bava's eye for vibrant framing was at its peak in these scenarios and his passion for macabre storytelling clearly shines through.
The first episode of the film is entitled "The Telephone". It follows a French call-girl who calls on her former lover to help her evade the threatening phone calls of the pimp she helped send to jail. The central, and longest, episode is "The Wurdalak", set in the Russian wilderness in the 19th Century. Karloff's patriarch returns to his family after leaving them to hunt "wurdalaks" – that is, vampires – but with him comes secrets and terror. Finally, in "The Drop of Water", a nurse in turn of the century London steals a ring off an elderly medium who died during a séance – but very quickly finds that the corpse wants it back.
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 92 MINS, ITALY/FRANCE, ITALIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: MARIO BAVA / SCRIPT: MARIO BAVA, ALBERTO BEVILACQUA, MARCELLO FONDATO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: UBALDO TERZANO, MARIO BAVA / EDITOR: MARIO SERANDREI / PRODUCTION CO: EMMEPI CINEMATOGRAFICA, GALATEA FILM, ALTA VISTA PRODUCTIONS, SOCIETÉ CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE LYRE / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NAOR WORLD MEDIA FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
M | Medium level violence, Horror themes