Thursday, March 27, 2008
"Danger: Diabolik" (Mario Bava, 1968) Mario Bava's psychedelic adaptation of the Italian comic about a master-thief who preys on the pompous and the puerile owes an awful lot to the "Batman" Tv-show (though the panel of "experts" in the Features documentaries say "No, no, nothing could be further from the truth!" Ri-ight.) as a masked man runs rings around the local constabulary and the Treasury, stealing their riches and making them appear like fools. Then, mission accomplished, he drives his souped up Ferrari to his high-tech underground lair with his mini-skirted girl-friend to endulge in some high-tech something-or-other, and then some nude frollicking in the money. John Phillip Law does all of his acting with one eye-brow, which is one muscle more than Marisa Mell is willing to use. Adolfo Celi is the mafioso willing to deal with the police to get the master-thief out of his hair. The tone is a malevolent light-heartedness, combining James Bond with comic book hi-jinks. Nothing is meant to be taken too seriously, which might explain why Terry-Thomas is inexplicably in the cast! The movie did inspire Roman Coppola's CQ, a few years back.