(Vu sur Arte la version voulue par l'auteur) Pour tout film qui a eu une vie commerciale mouvementée et qui a dû faire face à des réécritures/remontages intempestifs, il y a cet espoir que, derrière la version remaniée (forcément à tort?) se cache en réalité un chef-d’œuvre méconnu. Ici, l'ambiance est prenante, la première séquence est envoûtante...avt que l'ensemble ne révèle bien vite sa nature assez anecdotique.
Thanks to to the British DVD publisher Arrowfilms, we can now admire some of Mario Bava best movies in Blu-Ray. Those of you who already know the Italian maestro can grasp the importance of these releases in order to re-evaluate the works of a director who literally sculpted the colors of his films. So I've just rediscovered 'Lisa and the Devil', a film I never fully appreciated until now. Highly recommended.
The Bava film that is the purest expression of his interests ... and it makes me wish he'd done more films like it. It's not the easiest film of his to like since it really doesn't sign post much of anything and is deliberately obtuse in its storytelling. But I'd say it has more hidden rewards than any of his other films. Not only worth viewing, but worth viewing multiple times.
Gorgeous to look at in a dated, fondue party '70s way, all spiralling camera work, retina scorching overexposed exteriors and dramatic zooms; and for as much as I like it, it's not very chilling, the seemingly tight novella-like early promise of its story giving way to silly over-expansive dramatics. Telly Savallas provides a dictionary definition of "chewing the scenery".