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Blood and Black Lace
     

Blood and Black Lace

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Director: Mario Bava,

Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner

 

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Director Mario Bava's second thriller revolves around a fashion salon owned by wealthy Cristina (Eva Bartok) and her greedy lover Max (Cameron Mitchell). The salon is a front for cocaine-trafficking and blackmail, so when model Isabella (Lea Kruger) is viciously strangled, leaving a detailed diary behind, many of the people connected with the salon become very nervous

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Director Mario Bava's second thriller revolves around a fashion salon owned by wealthy Cristina (Eva Bartok) and her greedy lover Max (Cameron Mitchell). The salon is a front for cocaine-trafficking and blackmail, so when model Isabella (Lea Kruger) is viciously strangled, leaving a detailed diary behind, many of the people connected with the salon become very nervous. Isabella's roommate Nicole (Arianna Gorini) finds the diary and soon has her throat clawed out with a piece of medieval armor. Peggy (Mary Arden), who borrowed abortion money from Isabella, is tortured and has her face pressed into a red-hot iron. The bodies continue to pile up until a conspiracy is exposed and the perpetrators start getting their just desserts. Luciano Pigozzi, Massimo Righi, and Claude Dantes are among the cast.

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Widely recognized as one of the earliest and influential of Italy's "giallo" films (pronounced "yellow" and so called for their similarity to a series of yellow-covered Italian crime novels), Blood and Black Lace is a perennial favorite among the fans of Italian director Mario Bava. Setting a fierce series of murders within a prestigious fashion house, Bava upped the ante on the genre with this often frightening thriller. Marked by its intense and brutal killings, numerous women die at the hands of a madman whose blank white mask is eerily void of expression or emotion. Many later slasher films owe their roots to this chilling Bava masterpiece. The director's most striking talent is his visual eye and use of color, which give the film a highly unique style and look. The brilliant use of primary hues serve as visual foreshadowing throughout the picture and make repeated viewings a fascinating necessity. The camera slowly lurks through the shadowy, mannequin-filled halls, capturing the stark beauty of the models -- and the striking brutality of their murders. The killings are highly disturbing in their savagery -- strangling, gouging, drowning, and a torturous scalding among them -- especially considering who the killer turns out to be. Bava's directorial excellence also extends to his cast, with stars Cameron Mitchell and Eva Bartok turning in especially solid performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0089859841323
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
13,027

Special Features

Commentary by Tim Lucas (Editor of the Video Watchdog); Interview with Mary Dawne Arden; Interview with Cameron Mitchell by David Del Valle; Bonus music tracks by composer Carlo Rustichelli; Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery; Biographies; Languages: Original Italian, English and French; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cameron Mitchell Max Marian
Eva Bartok Contessa Cristina
Thomas Reiner Inspector Sylvester
Arianna Gorini Nicole
Mary Arden Peggy
Claude Dantes Tao-Li
Luciano Pigozzi Actor
Franco Ressel Marquis Richard Morell
Lea Krugher Isabella
Massimo Righi Marco
Giuliano Raffaelli Zanchin
Harriet Medin Clarica
Haniet White Clarica
Dante DiPaolo Actor
Enzo Cerusico Actor
Francesca Ungaro Actor
Hariette White Medin Actor
Mara Carmosino Actor
Heidi Stroh Actor
Nadia Anty Actor

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director,Screenwriter
Joe Barilla Screenwriter
Giusseppe Barilla Screenwriter
Harry Brest Art Director
Marcel Fonda Screenwriter
Marcello Fondato Screenwriter
Alfredo Mirabile Producer
Lou Moss Producer
Massimo Patrizi Producer
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer
Mario Serandrei Editor
Mark Suran Editor
Herman Tarzana Cinematographer
Ubaldo Terzano Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blood and Black Lace
1. Courtyard Killer [7:10]
2. Murder Investigation [6:42]
3. The Diary [6:47]
4. Antique Demise [5:57]
5. Burning Memories [9:37]
6. Tortured [6:49]
7. Holding Suspects [9:08]
8. Corpse in the Trunk [6:20]
9. Fool-Proof Alibis [4:48]
10. In Too Deep [7:52]
11. Once More...For Love [4:07]
12. Desparation [9:19]

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Blood & Black Lace 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Bava's more fully realized films, with its coolly slinking camera movements, rich color schemes and virtuoso murder sequences. The dialogue is not on the level of Tonino Guerra, perhaps, but there's a real intelligence at work behind the camera. Modern horror films owe an incalculable debt--for better or worse--to Bava's masked and gloved killer who targets beautiful, vulnerable women. No less influential is the surreal, atmospheric lighting. A key horror film, and an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the cinema as a self-conscious art form. Compatability problems aside--which only affect a handful of player models anyway--this is a terrific DVD package. First, the transfer is from a German print and it looks sharp, with terrific color considering the age of the film. I noticed all sorts of visual details that escaped me before thanks to the excellent video transfer. Tim Lucas' audio commentary is engaging, as to be expected from the #1 Bava expert. The other extras, including alternate language tracks, trailers and interviews, round out the package nicely. VCI home video put a lot of effort into this DVD and it really paid off. The only thing I didn't like was the look of the subtitles, which is a minor complaint in the face of all the great things this DVD has to offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WARNING! The Blood and Black Lace disc has a known problem with not being able to play in a Philips/Magnavox 825 and various Pioneer players including: DV-414, DV-515, and DVL-909.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago