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In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend...who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the "hero" of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos. Written by
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Danger: Diabolik (1968) began with Seth Holt as director, but producer Dino De Laurentiis wasn't happy with his style and kept making life difficult for Holt. According to writer's David Sherwin's autobiography, Holt's mantra was "Never quit, always make them fire you!", and so De Laurentiis was forced to pay him off and let him go. See more »
When Valmont puts the emerald necklace in his jacket it goes in his right inside pocket, but when Diabolik removes it just afterward, he pulls it from the left inside pocket. See more »
[as he and the bad guy freefall from a plane that has suddenly exploded]
I almost forgot. When I stumbled, I attached a magnetic capsule to your plane.
Who cares? Pull the cord!
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Another great visual piece by the great Bava, this film is a faithful adaptation of the popular European comic about the anti-hero master criminal Diabolik. Almost overdosing on intense 60s color and style, the film moves through comic-style adventures with considerable European flair and well captures the atmosphere of the original material and the time.
(Yes, I understand that this made the last installment of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and I'm a MiSTie myself. But Diabolik is a good film, whether it has riffing potential or not.
Say you never heard a thing about Batman (as so many seem to never have heard a thing about Diabolik)--if you saw the 1988 Batman film, you'd think it was pretty stupid and over the top, wouldn't you? Unrealistic? Stupid, even? Maybe even think that the main character wasn't much of a hero, so dark, so sinister? And if you think that a lot of 'stylish' 90's films with their music-video montages aren't going to look dated in twenty years, you're kidding yourself. I'd advise supposed 'reviewers' to stop being such contemporist snobs.)
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