Saturday, September 20, 2008

death will come and it will have your eyes

Superimpositions, reflections, impressions, phantoms, light, such harsh light!, gleamings, memorable images from La Donna del lago (Lady of the Lake, Luigi Bazzoni/Franco Rossellini, 1965), a companion to Giulio Questi's Death Laid an Egg (1968) in its interesting use of sound and somewhat tangential approach to the developing style of Italian giallo films, a black-and-white sibling of Bazzoni's subsequent classical giallo in colour, Giornata nera per l'ariete (The Fifth Cord, 1971), which, visually at least, is the equal of La Donna del lago...































(With Peter Baldwin, Virna Lisi, Valentina Cortese; photography by Leonida Barboni.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Daniel said...

Tell me, is there anyway the film is anywhere near as great as these images?

1:34 PM  
Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

This may be one of those instances where the poor quality of the copy I watched possibly exaggerated the film's otherworldliness; these images approach a certain Garrelian intensity which the film itself doesn't display (nor, I don't think, attempts to). A more fair reference might be Robbe-Grillet (there are similarities with The Man Who Lies ). This is a film built on shifting surfaces and bleached dreams and flashbacks (as opposed to a compelling narrative), as Bazzoni's subsequent The Fifth Cord is similarly 'composed' of modernist architecture and other geometric structures...

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful beautiful post! This is far better than the original.

josé

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Viagra Online said...

It is one of the best one movies in the world.Franco Rossellini is so important because He also wrote several ballets, oratorios, cantatas, four operas. so I love the photos because are so sexy and nice!!2d2d

8:24 PM  

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