Operazione paura (Kill, Baby, Kill) 1966 M
3.00PM Sat 16 Sep 2017 (1hr 23mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Kill, Baby, Kill will screen from a 35mm film print.
Mario Bava's thrillingly titled Kill, Baby, Kill is one of the director's greatest gothic works. Set in the early 20th Century, the plot finds a doctor arriving in a small European village to perform an autopsy on a woman who mysteriously bled to death. The locals insist to the doctor that the village is haunted by the ghost of a young girl who was killed decades ago, and that she is the cause of a series of inexplicable deaths in the town. The doctor begins working with a nurse and a local inspector to try to get to the bottom of the alleged curse and the shadowy demises it appears to be causing.
The film's eye-catching cinematography is richly radiant, casting lurid strips of light against grand baroque architecture. The film's innovative use of colour has been cited as an influence on Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 – with Scorsese even declaring the film Bava's best. The spectral girl at the heart of Kill, Baby, Kill is a truly eerie presence, with her white dress and bouncing ball deeply influential pieces of horror iconography. Bava treats the film as a chance to consider morally grey notions of fear and revenge, making the most of his archetypical ghost story premise. A wonderfully surreal and mesmerising trip into the heart of gothic cinema.
Alternative titles: Operation Fear; Curse of the Dead; Curse of the Living Dead; Don't Walk in the Park
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 85 MINS, ITALY, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MARIO BAVA / SCRIPT: ROMANO MIGLIORINI, ROBERTO NATALE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ANTONIO RINALDI / EDITOR: ROMANA FORTINI / PRODUCTION CO: FUL FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NAOR WORLD MEDIA FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
M | Moderate violence, Supernatural themes