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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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The American trailers feature a brief shot of the exterior of Eva's white Jaguar, in which Eva can be seen wearing a white long-sleeved dress that bears no resemblance to the sleeveless red dress in the scene featured in the film. This is the only remnant of footage featuring Catherine Deneuve as Eva known to exist. See more »
The gold ingot is lowered into its "coffin" using simple rope. Two strands of rope of this thickness would not be able to handle anywhere near 20 tons. (The lid of the "coffin" is however lowered using steel cables though.) Also gold is quite soft and flexible and should have more underneath support than what is given in the film. See more »
I've rented "Danger: Diabolik" three times now, and each time I discover more to enjoy. I recommend setting aside any prejudice that may accompany Mario Bava's name (or John Phillip Law's, for that matter), and viewing it with the same frame of mind as you would for viewing a Connery-era Bond film or either of the "Flints": as stylish period pieces; heavy on action, light on plot logic, and all done with tongue-in-cheek.
Sure, Law's acting skills are slight, but so are Connery's. And Diabolik manages a most unusual thing for a super-dude: he is happily faithful to his mate (played by the ravishing Marisa Mell) for the entire film.
The sets are (with one exception) terrific - at least as good as Bond's or Flint's. The costuming, cinematography and action scenes are top-notch. Ennio Morricone's score is just about the best I've heard in it's genre. There are enough plot twists and clever bits to keep anyone interested.
Give it a try; I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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