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Carnevale di anime

Carnival of Souls

Diretto da Herk Harvey
Stati Uniti, 1962
Fantasy, Horror, Giallo


Nel macabro capolavoro di Harvey, Mary Henry, sopravvissuta a una gara automobilistica in una remota cittadina del Kansas, comincia a lavorare come organista in una chiesa di Salt Lake City, ma comincia ad essere ossessionata da una strana apparizione che la attira verso un padiglione abbandonato.

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Carnevale di anime Diretto da Herk Harvey
Some scenes look Ed Wood cheap, and others are lit and framed with startling beauty. It’s some kind of quintessentially American low-budget triumph, and it deserves its cult following. Herk Harvey stayed active but never made another feature film (his last directing credit was, curiously enough, an episode of Reading Rainbow). But for anyone who loves independent cinema, or the way cheap B-movies can touch on serious emotional ideas, it was enough.
October 27, 2017
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It’s nominally a horror film, but it’s a story of mental derangement with a premise of metaphysical shock that’s more or less detachable from its richly textured and disturbingly inventive cinematic essence.
September 27, 2016
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The dilapidated pavilion of the film’s title (actually Saltair, on the southern edge of Great Salt Lake) is rendered by Harvey with an evocative awareness of spatial emptiness that’s both mythical and commonplace. Accompanying this imagery is Gene’s Moore’s poignant organ score, which strengthens the subtext of sexual repression and gives the film a lonely spectral quality. Carnival of Souls is an unshakable expression of estrangement.
July 12, 2016
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