DIRECTED BY: Pier Paolo Pasolini
FEATURING: Terence Stamp, Laura Betti, Massimo Girotti, Silvana Mangano, Andrés José Cruz Soublette, Anne Wiazemsky
PLOT: A mysterious guest sleeps with every member of a wealthy household, and when he leaves they come to strange, mostly tragic ends.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Mainly on the strength and . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TEOREMA (1968)
Se Sei Vivo Spara
DIRECTED BY: Giulio Questi
FEATURING: Tomas Milian
PLOT: A bandit is betrayed and left for dead by his comrades, then rides into a strange and corrupt town looking for vengeance and the stolen gold.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: An ambiguously dead antihero who shoots golden bullets fights Mr. . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: DJANGO KILL… IF YOU LIVE, SHOOT! (1967)
DIRECTED BY: Mario Bava
FEATURING: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer
PLOT: A tourist finds herself staying overnight at a Spanish chateau managed by a butler who is the spitting image of Satan as pictured on a local fresco.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: A mildly surreal horror, Lisa might make for interesting Halloween watching . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: LISA AND THE DEVIL (1974)
AKA Otto e Mezzo; Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2
CLAUDIA: Let’s leave this place. It makes me uneasy. It doesn’t seem real.
GUIDO: I really like it. Isn’t that odd?
DIRECTED BY: Federico Fellini
FEATURING: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, Claudia Cardinale, Barbara Steele, Edra Gale
PLOT: Full of doubts and very near . . . → Read More: 121. 8 1/2 (1963)
DIRECTED BY: Abbas Kiarostami
FEATURING: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell
PLOT: A French antiques dealer and an English author spend a day together in rural Tuscany, discussing (and often fighting about) art, philosophy, and family. As the hours pass it becomes apparent that these supposed strangers . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CERTIFIED COPY (2010)
“Michele Soari gave me the script. At first I didn’t understand anything, because it was really strange. It’s a horror movie, it’s a sex movie, it was really strange…”–Anna Falchi
DIRECTED BY: Michele Soavi
FEATURING: Rupert Everett, Anna Falchi, François Hadji-Lazaro
PLOT: Together with his nearly-mute associate Gnaghi, Francesco Dellamorte is a groundskeeper at . . . → Read More: 114. CEMETERY MAN [DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE] (1994)
AKA Satyricon; The Degenerates
“…to eliminate the borderline between dream and imagination; to invent everything and then to objectify the fantasy; to get some distance from it in order to explore it as something all of a piece and unknowable.”–Federico Fellini on his motives for adapting Petronius’ Satyricon
DIRECTED BY: Federico Fellini
FEATURING: . . . → Read More: 110. FELLINI SATYRICON (1969)
AKA The Four Times
DIRECTED BY: Michelangelo Frammartino
FEATURING: Giuseppe Fuda
PLOT: An old goatherd dies; a goat is born, grows up and dies; a tree is cut down and made
into charcoal. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Le Quattro Volte is a strange document crafted to illustrate a strange thesis; its weirdness . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: LE QUATTRO VOLTE (2010)
DIRECTED BY: Dario Argento
FEATURING: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi
PLOT: A pianist witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic and becomes obsessed with
tracking down the killer, even though everyone he associates with is being slaughtered. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Not quite weird enough. Deep Red flirts with the irrational, but . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: DEEP RED [PROFONDO ROSSO] (1975)
DIRECTED BY: Roberta Torre
FEATURING: Ciccio Guarino, Mimma De Rosalia
PLOT: The movie tells the story of the life and death of Palermo mafioso Tano Guarrasi—and
of the newfound freedom of his four ugly sisters who stayed spinsters because no man was brave enough to marry them—in song and dance.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: TO DIE FOR TANO [TANO DA MORIRE] (1997)