The place: Italy. The time: The late 60s — a turning point where filmmakers and society collide in a visual and audio maelstrom that we can only call Psichedeliko! An underappreciated style often overshadowed by its predecessor Italian NeoRealism and its contemporary Giallos, Italiano Psichedeliko is Sexy. Gaudy. Revolutionary. Capturing erotic explosiveness with the visual sparkle of pop art, a handful of Italian artists also tapped into the vibrancy of the lounge music scene to produce utterly unique pieces that resonated with critics and rebellious youth alike.
Composers Francesco de Masi (DEADLY SWEET), Nicola Piovani (LE ORME), Herbie Hancock (BLOW UP), Ennio Morricone (DANGER: DIABOLIK), and the more transgressive Claudio Simonetti and his fellow Goblin band members (SUSPIRIA) took these films out of the realm of Pop and into something more sublime. We are extremely excited to bring these films to upstate NY.
Armando Crispino • 1975 • Italy
Wed. Nov. 8 • 7pm • Cinemapolis
During a mass suicide epidemic, morgue research student Simona (Mimsy Farmer) starts hallucinating while she dissects the dead bodies around her. When a girlfriend of Simona’s playboy father is discovered dead amidst the rash of suicides, mysterious priest Paul Lenox (Barry Primus) arrives and insists that the woman’s death is part of a murderous plot. Is someone using the suicide outbreak as a cover for their own killings? Simona must decide whether she can trust Lenox and somehow unravel this plot before she becomes the next to die!
Corrado Farina • 1973 • France | Italy
Tues. Nov. 7 • 9pm • Cinemapolis
When young and beautiful erotica photographer Valentina (Isabelle De Funes) encounters the mystical witch Baba Yaga (Caroll Baker) one fateful night, her life is forever changed. Curses, sexual fantasies, and sadomasochistic slaves abound as Valentina struggles to find a way to save her soul and defeat this powerful and manipulative force. Based on the original comic book by Guido Crepax, Valentina's dreamy and steamy adventures are full of surreal imagery and high fashion.
Michelangelo Antonioni • 1966 • UK | Italy | USA
Mon. Nov. 6 • 7pm • Cinemapolis
High-fashion photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) turns to capturing candid moments in public as a way to express his artistic passion. However, when he develops the negatives of a seemingly innocent shoot in a park he connects the dots to uncover a scandalous and murderous conspiracy. Featuring a performance by award-winning yet controversial actress Vanessa Redgrave, this classic thriller is both a loving embrace and a scathing critique of the era's Italian Pop aesthetic.
Mario Bava • 1968 • France | Italy
Tues. Nov. 7 • 7pm • Cinemapolis
Ripped from the pages of the original fumetti (comic books), the infamous thief Diabolik (John Philip Law) hits the big screen with his beautiful sidekick Eva (Marissa Mel). Together they antagonize both criminal underworld and police force alike as they steal, lie, infiltrate, and humiliate their way across town for purely selfish (and sexy!) reasons. Explosive and cartoonish, this is action-packed psichedeliko at its finest.
Tinto Brass • 1967 • France | Italy
Mon. Nov. 6 • 9pm • Cinemapolis
In a nightclub in London, Bernard discovers a woman named Jane standing over the corpse of the establishment’s owner—his business partner. Believing she’s innocent, he helps her escape. Together they go on the run from a rogues gallery of assailants. Director Tinto Brass hired erotic cartoonist and famed fumetti artist Guido Crepax to draw the storyboards for this pop-mystery rife with delirious and sensual symbolism. The perfect transition from the murder mystery of BLOW UP to the straight fumetti adaptation of DANGER: DIABOLIK, DEADLY SWEET will excite your visual cortex and your sense of intrigue all at once.
Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli • 1975 • Italy
Wed. Nov. 8 • 9pm • Cinemapolis
Also known as "Footprints on the Moon," this thriller follows Alice (Florinda Bolkan) as she slowly discovers that not only has she been blacking out and forgetting days at a time, but also that those days are filled with a double life at a far-off island resort. As she uncovers the truth, she faces long-repressed fears represented by a forgotten sci-fi television show featuring Klaus Kinski. Is she crazy? Is she being hunted? Or BOTH?!
Dario Argento • 1967 • France | Italy
Thurs. Nov. 9 • 8pm • Cinemapolis
When American Suzy Bannion arrives at the prestigious Tanz Academy of Dance in Germany, the last thing she expects is to become embroiled in the horrors of a satanic prison where young female students are drugged, manipulated, chased, tortured, and ritualistically sacrificed for a mysterious evil purpose. Unfortunately for her, that's exactly what happens in Dario Argento’s Giallo masterpiece—a film that reinvented the Italian pulp horror genre with its supernatural zeal.
Featuring reds, greens, and yellows pushed to their saturated extreme, SUSPIRIA’s mise-en-scène and lush visuals burn with brilliant, almost absurd intensity. Claudio Simonetti and Goblin electrify with their iconic score and eerie audio textures comparable to no other films to date. Come experience SUSPIRIA in 4K restoration for its 40th Anniversary.
The film will be followed by a party at Silky Jones, 214 E. State Street, with music from MSZM.