DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING
NON SI SEVIZIA UN PAPERINO
1972, AGFA, 105 min, Italy, Dir: Lucio Fulci

Although best known for his ultra-gory zombie chunk-blowers, Lucio Fulci directed several superb gialli in the ’70s, many of which rivaled Dario Argento’s in style and aesthetic. When young boys start turning up dead in a countryside town, a news reporter (played by cult icon Tomas Milian) hopes to crack the case. With suspects ranging from a local witch to a nymphomaniac, the real answer may be even more shocking.


THE LAST VALLEY
1971, Buena Vista Pictures, 128 min, UK/USA, Dir: James Clavell

Writer-director James Clavell’s epic adventure takes place in the shadow of the Thirty Years War, which ravaged Germany in the 17th century. One remote region remains unscathed when Omar Sharif arrives in search of refuge; unfortunately, he’s been followed into the valley by Michael Caine and his band of mercenary soldiers. With superb performances, a highly literate script and one of John Barry’s best scores, THE LAST VALLEY brings a little-known period of history to vivid life.


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