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382 Ratings

Lisa and the Devil

Lisa e il diavolo

Directed by Mario Bava
Italy, West Germany, 1973
Horror, Cult


Sightseer Lisa Reiner steps away from her tour group in Spain as it admires a painting of the Devil and the Dead on the side of an ancient building. In a mannequin-filled curio shop she encounters the first of a film-length succession of malevolent hallucinations, a man closely resembling the Devil.

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Lisa and the Devil Directed by Mario Bava

Critics reviews

Arguably, it’s always been difficult to sum up the plot to any one of Bava’s films, but the heights he reaches here would convince anyone that the man was, and has always been, a true artist in every sense of the word, transcending the oft-repeated claim that he was first and foremost, a genre workman.
August 04, 2017
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One cannot deny the treatment of space that’s as acute in its way as Antonioni’s, the way Bava shoots the lovely Elke Sommer as if she’s a mannequin throughout, the way the labyrinthine plotting recalls both The Old Dark House and Castle of Blood, the late revelation that between Alida Valli’s final moments here and the climax of Black Sabbath’s “A Drop Of Water” sequence… Always just a magnificent experience, Lisa is.
January 10, 2015
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