Cemetery Man

Cemetery Man

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Director: Michele Soavi

Cast: Michele Soavi, Rupert Everett, Francois Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi

     
 

Achingly romantic and creepy-funny, this funereal fantasy from the director of La Chiesa (1989) is unlike any Italian film in memory. Rupert Everett plays Francesco Dellamorte, a lonely cemetery caretaker who just wants to get out of his small town of Buffalora. His assistant and sole companion, Gnaghi (played by famed French musician Francois Hadji-Lazaro) isSee more details below

Overview

Achingly romantic and creepy-funny, this funereal fantasy from the director of La Chiesa (1989) is unlike any Italian film in memory. Rupert Everett plays Francesco Dellamorte, a lonely cemetery caretaker who just wants to get out of his small town of Buffalora. His assistant and sole companion, Gnaghi (played by famed French musician Francois Hadji-Lazaro) is an overweight cretin who speaks only in grunts, and the dead people outside are rising from their graves as zombies and trying to have him for breakfast. This situation, coupled with all his other problems, gives Francesco a real complex. His troubles are compounded when he meets a series of mysterious women (all played by the beautiful Anna Falchi) whom he loves before they die tragically. Soavi's film is based on a graphic-novel, Dylan Dog by Tiziano Sclavi, but Soavi's more obvious influences range from Jean Rollin's La Rose de Fer (1973) to Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990). Barbara Cupisti (of Soavi's Deliria) has a small role, and the film also benefits from Manuel de Sica's memorable score and excellent pacing by editor Franco Fraticelli. This is a film to savor and it will go down as one of the most striking Italian genre efforts of the decade, despite some weak effects work by the normally reliable Sergio Stivaletti.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The apex of director Michele Soavi's early gothic horror career, Dellamorte Dellamore is, along with Pupi Avati's L'Arcano Incantatore (1996), one of the finest examples of turn of the millennium Italian gothic fantasy. Overflowing with atmosphere, dark humor and bitter romance, this feature adaptation of author Tiziano Sclavi's Dylan Dog series of comics (indeed, the titular character of the original series was modeled after Dellamorte star Rupert Everett) utilizes the unmistakable legacy of Italian horror forefathers Mario Bava and Dario Argento as a springboard to some of the most memorable and original imagery and storytelling in recent years. Everett's resigned nature and non-blinking acceptance of the horrific events surrounding both Dellamorte and his faithful assistant Gnaghi (standing-in for a clone of legendary comic Groucho Marx in Dylan Dog) lend a surreal touch to the proceedings, and as the plot winds unpredictably towards it's humorously morose existential climax we are treated to commentary on everything from Italian politics to questions of identity and issues of love and obsession. Manuel De Sica's score, a curious hybrid of classic Ennio Morricone and throbbing Goblin excess, offers the perfect auditory accompaniment to the proceedings as our dry-witted protagonist ponders "the living dead and the dead living" and searches to find his place in keeping the balance of life and death in tact. While obviously influenced by the gothic excess of those who came before him, the film nevertheless retains a remarkably personal air of creativity that pointed to great things for the director who once served as second unit director for Terry Gilliam, and Soavi's subsequent withdrawal from filmmaking left many fans thirsting for more.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
UPC:
0013131309393
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation (1.66:1) ; enhanced for 16x9 TVs; All-new Death Is Beautiful featurette including interviews with star Anna Falchi, director Michele Soavi and more; 8-page collectors' booklet; Theatrical trailer; Michele Soavi bio; Closed-Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Everett Francesco Dellamorte
Francois Hadji-Lazaro Gnaghi
Anna Falchi She
Stefano Masciarelli Mayor
Mickey Knox Marshall Straniero
Clive Riche Doctor
Fabiana Formica Valentina
Barbara Cupisti Actor
Anton Alexander Actor
Patrizia Punzo Actor

Technical Credits
Michele Soavi Director,Producer
Conchita Airoldi Co-producer
Tilde Corsi Producer
Manuel De Sica Score Composer
Dino Di Dionisio Co-producer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Antonello Geleng Art Director
Alfonsina Lettieri Costumes/Costume Designer
Mauro Marchetti Cinematographer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Gianni Romoli Producer,Screenwriter
Sergio Stivaletti Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cemetery Man
1. The Watchman (Main Titles) [6:17]
2. Beautiful Mourner [6:11]
3. Bonehouse [4:43]
4. On Her Husband's Grave [6:06]
5. Loved to Death [5:39]
6. A Sign of Affection [3:31]
7. Bad Accident, Big Funeral [4:57]
8. Claudio's Return [9:39]
9. The Mayor's Daughter [5:27]
10. Dark Visitor [6:36]
11. A Change of Philosophy [10:06]
12. The New Mayor's Assistant [6:12]
13. Emasculation of Francesco [12:04]
14. The Crime Taker [4:49]
15. End of the Road [7:56]
16. End Credits [3:00]

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