International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.
In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief 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, beautiful girlfriend...who uses her awesome powers to help Diabolik foil gangsters and steal billions from the government. As the anti-hero of the film, Diabolik must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosi.Written by
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The movie is based on "Diabolik", one of the longest running - and most successful - Italian comic strips (known as "fumetti"). It was created by Angela Giussani and Luciana Giussani, two Milan sisters who built a small but very profitable publishing empire out of the "King of Terror"'s success. In the comic version, "Diabolik" is much more sinister than its cinematic counterpart - he's a criminal fighting evil with evil, often resorting to murder to "punish" the evildoers he meets. The film was made assuming some knowledge of the fumetti, thus explaining the negative reaction it initially received outside Italy, although it has since been reevaluated as a classic of 1960s cinematic psychedelia and pop art. See more »
Near the beginning of the film when Diabolik rendezvous with Eva his black Jaguar E-Type enters a tunnel, turns around and soon leaves one can see that the entrance is unfinished rough rock with straight vertical sides and a curved roof (like a piece of bread). However in the next scene this tunnel entrance seen from the air is concrete smooth and circular - the only straight piece being the road. See more »
All right, how we doing?
The last bag.
[flicks through a small pile of white paper the size of dollar bills]
All plain paper. Hm, very clever! You know, I wonder how security would feel if they knew they were guarding waste paper instead of ten million dollars?
[puts the remaining "bills" into the bag]
Well, seems to be it.
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The most widely seen version, seen on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, has trimmed many scenes so it could fit in the 2-hour time slot, along with the host segments. See more »
This movie has instantly become one of my very favorite Mario Bava features. Think James Bond, as a suave master thief, filmed in a psychedelic, occasionally campy, comic book style. (Diabolik was a comic first.) Add to that some fun humor and very fitting themes by the legendary Ennio Morricone, and you have one cool, little cult flick! The cheap DVD comes with some great extras, like a pleasant and informative commentary by star John Phillip Law and Bava expert Time Lucas. The short featurette was very good too, going over just how well Bava captured the comic book stylings in the film. Recommended purchase! By the way, Diabolik's mask and laugh---perfect.
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