I giochi del diavolo: Season 1, Episode 2

La Venere d'Ille (27 May 1981)

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Wealthy landowner Mr. De Peyhorrade uncovers a bronze statue of Venus on his property. Afterwards, De Peyhorrade asks an antique expert, named Matthew, from another village to examine the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Daria Nicolodi ...
Clara / Venus
Marc Porel ...
Fausto Di Bella ...
Alfonso De Payhorrade
Adriana Innocenti ...
Mrs. De Peyhorrade
Diana De Curtis ...
Francesco Di Federico ...
Mario Maranzana ...
Mr. De Peyhorrade


Wealthy landowner Mr. De Peyhorrade uncovers a bronze statue of Venus on his property. Afterwards, De Peyhorrade asks an antique expert, named Matthew, from another village to examine the statue and confirm its wealth. Upon arrival, Matthew is striken with love by Clara, Mr. De Peyhorrade's daughter-in-law, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the statue. Written by Anonymous

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The film was made as part of a series of movies commissioned by the Italian TV station RaiDue and focusing on the fantastic in 19th century literature. The texts were selected by the Italian author Italo Calvino. Mario Bava and his son Lamberto then chose Merimée's story from this selection, since it seemed to them the one most suited to film adaptation. See more »


Version of La Vénus d'Ille (1962) See more »

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THE VENUS OF ILLE (TV) (Mario and Lamberto Bava, 1978) ***
9 February 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I came upon this by chance on late-night Italian TV; it was shown unannounced following a screening of the director's HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970)! This rarely-seen (and, consequently, legendary) TV production emerges as a more fitting swan-song for Bava than his last disappointing feature film, SHOCK (1977)!

As in that title, the female lead is played by Dario Argento muse Daria Nicolodi – who, while no great beauty, is very well-cast here as the lookalike/reincarnation of a Greek goddess/femme fatale. On the other hand, in the role of the narrative's cultured yet bewildered hero appears Lucio Fulci alumnus Marc Porel – who, interestingly, bears an uncanny resemblance to latter-day Hammer Films star Ralph Bates! Similarly, the compactly-told supernatural tale (from Prosper Merimee' and filmed three more times in 1922, 1962 and 1980!) feels like one of Hammer's TV episodes: it was, in fact, part of a horror series (all of them with a period setting) entitled THE DEVIL'S GAMES – though Bava's involvement here, naturally, guarantees a more subtly artistic approach. While somewhat talky and languidly-paced, the meticulousness of its detail and the inclusion of a couple of classic Bava moments (the sudden appearance of the statue's reflection in a window and the eerie, intense climax) makes the film a more than suitable follow-up to the director's earlier gothics – THE WHIP AND THE BODY (1963) and KILL, BABY…KILL! (1966).

In conclusion, I'd certainly be interested in checking out other episodes in this rather obscure series – not to mention Bava's other made-for-TV effort, the "Polifemo" episode from the mini-series THE ODYSSEY (1968; which was actually broadcast some years back on early Saturday mornings). As for co-director Lamberto (son and former assistant of the Euro-Cult master), I haven't been at all impressed with what little I've caught of his stand-alone work – though, with four more titles from him that I have lined-up, I'll do better to reserve a more objective judgment for a later date...

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