La maschera del demonio (Black Sunday) 1960 M
1.00PM Sun 10 Sep 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Black Sunday will screen from a 35mm film print.
Black Sunday is one of the great masterpieces of gothic cinema. The film marked Mario Bava's formal debut as a director, after years of uncredited work helming other filmmakers' productions. He seized the opportunity to drape the screen in shadows and mist, conjuring a palpably caliginous atmosphere for his eerie bone-chiller. At the time of its release, Black Sunday was the cause of great controversy and faced censorship on both sides of the Atlantic due to its violence and disturbing imagery. Horror audiences may now be accustomed to grislier bloodshed, but the potency and allure of Bava's stylistic vision remains undiminished.
The film opens in the 17th Century, as Princess Asa Vajda and her lover are being sentenced to death, having been accused of witchcraft by her brother. As the villagers enact her torturous execution, she places a curse on her brother for his betrayal. More than two hundred years pass, at which point two doctors travelling through the place of her death inadvertently resurrect the Princess. This sets off a deadly series of events as she attempts to drain the life out of her brother's last descendant in order to herself gain immortality.
Alternative titles: The Mask of Satan; Revenge of the Vampire
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 87 MINS, ITALY, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: MARIO BAVA / SCRIPT: ENNIO DE CONCINI, MARIO SERANDREI / BASED ON THE STORY 'VIY' BY NIKOLAI GOGOL / EDITOR: MARIO SERANDREI / PRODUCTION CO: GALATEA FILM, JOLLY FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NAOR WORLD MEDIA FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM