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Opens on June 7

Director: Mario Bava Run Time: 88 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1964

Starring: Ariana Gorini, Cameron Mitchell, Dante DiPaolo, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner

Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Language: Italian

About the film:

Before Dario Argento’s Deep Red (1975), there was Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace (1964). At the Cristiana Haute Couture fashion house, models and their boyfriends excel at the art of backstabbing, blackmail, and snorting cocaine. That is, until a faceless maniac embarks on a mission of death! After the one-two punch of Black Sunday (1960) and Black Sabbath (1963), Mario Bava unleashed Blood and Black Lace (1964)—the movie that perfected the ultra-violent sub-genre that would come to be known as “giallo.”

“Decadent visualist as well as severe moralist, Bava locates the macabre beauty at the heart of his art in this fashion-world dollhouse

—Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine

About the filmmaker:

Mario Bava was an Italian filmmaker who is frequently referred to as the “Master of Italian Horror” and the “Master of the Macabre.” Over his eighteen years of actively directing feature films (1960-1978), Bava directed (or co-directed) 24 features, including genre classics like Black Sunday (1960)Black Sabbath (1963), and A Bay of Blood (1971). Bava was originally trained as a painter, leading to a focus on visual composition in his films. Through his films The Evil Eye (1963) and Blood and Black Lace (1964), he created the style and substance of the giallo.

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