A company specializing in international espionage turns a young man into a super hero and offers his services to the United Nations. For a hefty fee, the creation will supposedly become an ...
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A company specializing in international espionage turns a young man into a super hero and offers his services to the United Nations. For a hefty fee, the creation will supposedly become an international policeman who will fight crime and make the world safe from the machination of evil.
"Fantabulous, Inc." (1968) directed by Sergio Spina with an original screenplay by Furio Colombo, Ottavio Jemma and Sergio Spina, produced by Felice D'Alisera; music by Alessandro Brugnolini; excellent cinematography by Claudio Ragona and film editing by Giancarlo Cappelli; production design by Sergio Canevari; art direction by Amedeo Fago and costume design by Gisella Longo and Edith Ryker starring Richard Harrison, Adolfo Celi and Judi West is a true wonder. The film is as "fantabulous" as the organization that is threatening a takeover with making a "romeo" into a superhero, and is so utterly inventive and for an Italian movie on a modest budget in 1968 is well done, cheeziness kept to a minimum for something if made today, when it is apparently when it should have made, would have a multi-million dollar budget and access to top drawer special effects, the film definitely deserves a DVD/Blu-ray release. Richard Harrison has never been better. This is the type of thing at which he could excel. Judi West, co-star of Billy Wilder's "The Fortune Cookie," showed a brilliance that failed to catch on. She plays an actress as the "juliet" of his dreams, marked "one of a kind." Adolfo Celi has never been better as the head of "Fantabulous, Inc." These three characters as played by the actors become iconic. The rest of the cast adds to the hilarity.
Unfortunately, the copies of the film I saw were either in Italian without subtitles or no audio and a terrible, barely decipherable English subtitling.
"Fantabulous, Inc." is a rich, daring film on the perfection of Adam and Eve, something the Italians seemed to do better than anyone, but "Fantabulous, Inc." is unlike any that I've seen from Italy at that time or since.
It is better than Mario Bava's "Danger: Diabolik" which it has similarities to with the comic book mentality, but moreso, with scenes of civil unrest, which the superhero created by the Fantabulous, Inc. and offered to the highest bidding superpower country to keep the sheep in line, is 20 years ahead of a predecessor like "Robocop" and more topical. Should be seen today.
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