The Whip And The Body
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Then, you would have certainly recognized the maestro touch ; who else could have filmed in 1963 a sadistic Christopher - Kurt - Lee whipping the delicate Daliah - Nevenka - Lavi who asks for more after each strike. I doubt Terence Fisher would have dared to shoot such scenes. Think also of the delirious travelling of Tony Kendall whose face has a different colour each time he appears in the light of the corridor. Thank you once more VCI to let us appreciate all the subtleties of Mario Bava's work on light.
Once again, the surprisingly rational Bava leaves room for a psychologic explanation at the end of THE WHIP AND THE BODY. Until his last movie - SHOCK - , the italian director will remind us that Cinema is a tremendous liar and that reality is so simple to explain. This theme will be treated masterfully by Bavain in his last genial movie RABID DOGS.
In short, a DVD for your library.
These three films mix ghostly goings on with psychopathology and erotic obsession in a way that is not only dramatically valid but PLAUSABLE - hence their continued ability to unnerve and disturb, even after multiple viewings. All three films succeed in creating and, what is more difficult, sustaining a mood that is dark and eerie, a mood which lingers long after the last fade-out.
The Haunting and The Innocents are both filmed in marrow-chilling black and white, but Whip and the Body is lush and succulent as an overripe and poisonous fruit in TECHNICOLOR. Bava's films are incredibly lovely to look at, but nowhere moreso than here. For Whip and the Body,he chose a pallete of sombre hues which wouldn't be out of place in a nightmare. At the same time we are responding viscerally to the horror, we are paradoxically aware of the great beauty which underlies it and supports it. Formal beauty in a horror film is a rare commodity. One finds it in some of the Universal horror classics of the 30's, in some of Hitchcock's works, and in the films of Mario Bava.
Christopher Lee has said that this is one of his favorite films -- it's easy to see why. It contains what may be his best performance, understated and chillingly effective. He becomes a romantic, doomed figure - not unlike Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. He manages to mix menace with romance in exactly the right proportions.Read more ›
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is it me or is there something wrong with the colors on this? I get they want the red to stand out, but it seems almost like two strip technicolor from the 30s with some red folded... Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. E. Kuersten
Very stylish and atmospheric with good acting, and particularly a beautiful musical score. The anay widescreen picture looks very good.Published 18 months ago by Manny Agah
I actually think that the German DVD release of this looks far superior to the bluray. Sorry folks.Published 19 months ago by densoulplanet
I was looking for a descent print to see prior to making a decision to buy a copy on either Blu ray or DVD . I'd never seen the film before . Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hammer + Jazz
Mario Bava was a master of the Gothic horror and The Whip and The Body is another fine entry in that line along with Black Sunday, Kill Baby Kill and Lisa & The Devil. Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Sursubbu