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Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Diabolik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | May 1968 (USA)
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.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Angela Giussani (story), Luciana Giussani (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Diabolik
Marisa Mell ... Eva Kant
Michel Piccoli ... Inspector Ginko
Adolfo Celi ... Ralph Valmont
Claudio Gora ... Police Chief
Mario Donen ... Sergeant Danek
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Mr. Hammond - Second Minister of the Interior
Caterina Boratto ... Lady Clark
Lucia Modugno Lucia Modugno ... Prostitute
Annie Gorassini ... Rose
Carlo Croccolo Carlo Croccolo ... Lorry Driver
Lidia Biondi Lidia Biondi ... Policewoman (as Lidia Biondi C.S.C.)
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Bank Manager
Federico Boido ... Joe - Valmont's Henchman
Tiberio Mitri Tiberio Mitri ... Valmont's Henchman
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Storyline

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 Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet Diabolik - a bank-robbing hood who battles the cops. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger: Diabolik See more »

Filming Locations:

Capri, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Valmont is trying to determine Eva Kant's appearance, the "identikit" sequence generates images of Barbarella (portrayed by Jane Fonda in Barbarella (1968), the sister production of this film) and British model Twiggy. The resulting image of Eva was drawn by Angela Giussani and Luciana Giussani, with their usual design of the character being modified to resemble Marisa Mell. See more »

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When Diabolik arrives at Valmont's plane it has a high wing with long legged main landing gear. Yet when the plane takes off it has a low wing and much different short main landing gear. See more »

Quotes

Prostitute: Sure I do, who could forget what she looked like? The way she was decked out in red she looked like a mini cardinal. She had good legs. Want me to describe her? Well, look at that! That's a funny looking thing! What is it? Hey, I'm talking to you, what is it?
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Deep Down
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Music by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Maria Cristina Brancucci
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An often derided movie that deserves to be seen.
10 February 2002 | by bennozoid1See all my reviews

I first saw 'Danger:Diabolik' on British television when I was 5 years old, peeking from behind the sofa when I was supposed to be in bed fast asleep. The next morning I thought the whole experience had been a vivid and bizarre dream. The film has fascinated me ever since.

Mario Bava's film is a hallucinatory, artistic, but undercooked and under-budgeted concoction which never quite coheres into the film we want it to be. 'Danger: Diabolik' nonetheless conjures up some masterful cult moments that richly reward the intrepid viewer who is willing to brave (and embrace) some ropey filler scenes and awful dubbing.

The magic of this film is sometimes missed by the casual viewer, and many of those who I have lent my copy to have simply stopped watching half way through, as the plot gets bogged down in the muddled, leaden Valmont scenes.

The magic of this film for me lies in this childhood connection that I have. Diabolik is indeed (as many viewers have pointed out) amoral and selfish. He kills people and lives only for his hedonistic indulgence. But this isn't really the point. Diabolik's greed is a metaphor of all our material greed and fantasies of self-indulgence [for more on this, see the definitive article on 'Danger:Diabolik' on the 'dvd savant' website] Diabolik, in all his piecing glances, hystrionic leaping, minimal dialogue, fetishistic costumes, and designer love parlours is very much like an irrational, inexplicable dream that we read our own meanings and desires into. Diabolik is a hypnotic, mysterious figure beyond judgement and law; he's not a real person in any way, and is not supposed to be one. His love for Eva is an erotic, wet dream and has nothing to do with anything except sensual pleasure and wish-fulfillment, and these scenes linger on as if the editor had forgotten to cut the film.

Bava denies us (or is perhaps incapable of constructing) a conventional, well-paced narrative, or a palatable, structured story. Instead he gives us a psychadelic reverie. A string of moments to enjoy and remember. Oh, and some really crap bits too, there's no denying!

DON'T WATCH THIS FILM IF YOU HAVE A SHORT, MTV ATTENTION SPAN OR NO APPRECIATION OF EURO-TRASH / PSYCHOTRONIC CINEMA.

I agree that 'Danger:Diabolik' isn't everything it could be, but it almost succeeds in achieving pop-art genius on several occasions. Definitely worth checking out. Just put your normal movie expectations aside for this one and you might love it!

If you are a big fan of 'Danger:Diabolik', or just feel like debating it, please feel free to email me!....


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