Friday, March 28, 2008

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994) - ITLAY

Dellamorte Dellamore (also known as Cemetery Man in the United States and Of Love and Death in Australia) is a 1994 Italian horror - Comedy film directed by Michele Soavi.

This movie is not as great as a horror flick but yet it is fun to watch .

This movie is based on a novel of Tiziano Sclavi, and it always reflects the "sclavian philosophy" diffused by the most succesful comics in Italy: Dylan Dog, the detective of the nightmare. There is the duality between love and dead (in Italian "dellamore" means "of love" and "dellamorte" means "of death"), a duality that Dellamorte feels in a really hard way. He is the guardian of the cemetery of Buffalora, a little town in the north of Italy, in which, we don't know why, corpses rise from tombs and Dellamorte has to destroy them. Dellamorte seems not to ask to himself why this happen, he shoots and loves. But at the end he wants to leave Buffalora...

The movie has a satirical undercurrent that's easy to miss; I think this is where the film is most intelligent. It's a scathing look at all the obsessions of the 1990s that veers from the ridiculous to the sublime. It deals with the obsession with safe sex in a comical scene in the ossuary. It skewers the annoying absolutist-relativist idea espoused by many students who've heard something about postmodernism—the idea that any form of judgment is bad—with Gnaghi's vomit and a young girl's assertion that she can be eaten by anyone she wants to be eaten by.

The film is more than a comedic gore fest (although it is the best of the lot). It is also a rueful mediation on life and death and love, on the lengths to which lonely people will go to find happiness, and on being content with what we have. It is filled with gorgeous camera work by Mauro Marchetti, including one perfect shot of Everett facing a statue of death while silhouetted by broken angel wings. It contains wonderfully wry dialogue for people familiar with Everett's usual work. It is a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, with gibbering zombies thrown in for the ride. It's a flesh-eating, existential take on modern society's steady move toward individual lives that are insulated entirely from direct human contact. It's both a satire of empty 1990s angst and a profound examination of the causes of that angst.

Recommended .

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