Tag Archives: 1970s

Death Walks On High Heels

Few giallo directors were as adept at melding the sundry fetishes that defined the movement as Luciano Ercoli. Nudity, violence, cabaret numbers, quirky camera work, exquisite living rooms, and flash clothing all hit their crescendo under the steady guidance of a man who seems to treat every film as a fashion shoot.

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

Wojciech Has has no interest in making anything overt in The Hourglass Sanatorium, in explaining anything. He simply lets this surreal phantasmagoria parade across the screen as it might parade through a dream, unhinged from logic or reality, inviting us to interpret its weirdness without offering any one answer that is correct.

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Despite intense social and political messages, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is not a grim, oppressive movie. It is not about defeat, but triumph. Overarching it all is young Valerie’s ability to remain steadfastly optimistic, hopeful, and curious despite all the attempts to control her, subjugate her, or own her.

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