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The classic Nikolai Gogol's classic short story of horror was filmed, in 1960, by Italian filmmaker Mario Bava, titled "The Mask Of Satan (starring Barbara Steele). In 1965, a literal film version was done and I personally feel is far superior! TCM should run this!
marcar posted a topic in General DiscussionsKudos to TCM Imports and Sllent Sunday nights this week for two great Italian films. "I Knew Her Well" and "Love Among the Ruins" were great for very different reasons. "L'amore tra Le Rovine" or "Love Among the Ruins" was hysterical in it's sly use of names and creating the atmosphere of serious cinema restoration and preservation--all while being FAKE. Some of the funniest things I picked up on were the names of some of the characters: The Lumini Bros, for example, lumini means "lights" in Italian and the brothers were known for employing a new lighting technique that used grave lamps to create the candlelit atmosphere of their film. Of course, the "Light Brothers" were put out of work when gas lamps replaced their fire-lit candles. Also, the dark/light stuff comes up over and over again in the story of the film's discovery: kept in the dark behind a wall for 90 years, brought to the light by an earthquake. It was priceless... Now, on to the names of the brothers, first, Urano or Uranus for the introverted brother who seemed to be "out of this world" in his personality. Brother Eltredo or Ethelred probably drew his name from the 10th-century English King--Ethelred the Unready, who was best known for pooping in the baptismal font as a child and whose name has become synonymous with being unprepared for life's journeys. It was this brother, according to the filmmaker, who was a nondescript barber dreaming of making films. That made me laugh. On to the TCM Import: "I Knew Her Well"--- I studied Italian film at Smith and in Florence, and have been a fan, especially of Fellini, for many years, but I had never seen "I Knew Her Well" and, as Ben M., said it's like the female counterpoint to "La Dolce Vita"--one of my ALL-TIME favorite films. What a great treat, I really enjoyed being introduced to this film and that's why I watch TCM--undiscovered gems. Just when I think I know EVERYTHING about Italian cinema--I get surprised, pleasantly. (And, altho I've been critical of Ben's Italian pronunciations in the past, this week he nailed it--especially with Stefania Sandrelli, which is not easy to pronounce correctly.) So "Auguri TCM" or "Congrats" in English from a real fan.