SUMMER WITH MONIKA
SOMMAREN MED MONIKA
1953, Janus Films, 97 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson (in the first of her many roles for him), Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the U.S. was re-edited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original presented here is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.


BLACK SABBATH
TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA
1963, Park Circus, 92 min, Italy/UK/France, Dir: Mario Bava

Reportedly director Mario Bava’s favorite of his films: three minimalist tales of terror, topped by “The Wurdelak,” with Boris Karloff as a ravenous Russian vampire. The film from which the famed heavy metal band took their name! In Italian with English subtitles.


BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO
1960, NAOR World Media Films, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Mario Bava’s first full film as a director stars Barbara Steele in a double role as a deathless witch and her own virginal descendant. With John Richardson and Ivo Garrani. “Still the No. 1 film of the Italian Horror renaissance, startlingly original and genuinely creepy.” - Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant. English dubbed print.


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