As part of Cinematek’s Restored! programme, we present to you two giallo masterpieces made by two maestri: Dario Argento’s Opera and Lucio Fulci’s "Non si sevizia un paperino".
"Opera" is a late giallo from the end of the 1980s and the first Dario Argento movie to be badly distributed because many didn’t understand it at the time. And yet, more than 30 years later, this film shines as never before. On a visual level, it’s undoubtedly Argento’s most accomplished film. It’s also his most cruel production, with completely insane, violent murder scenes - all this on a soundtrack of classical and electronic music… and hardrock. A film to urgently rediscover on the big screen.
"Non si sevizia un paperino" was made in the golden age of the giallo genre: the 1970s. The film stands out thanks to its location (the south Italian countryside), the explosions of violence (announcing Lucio Fulci’s gore cinema) and a four-star cast with Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet and Thomas Milian. A child murderer sows panic… An extremely disturbing film that was far ahead of its time. On a visual level, Fulci would find inspiriation in "Non si sevizia un paperino" for his later masterpieces, "E tu vivrai nel terrore!", "L'aldilà" and "Sette note in nero".