Danger: Diabolik

Leon Hunt

Wallflower Press

Danger: Diabolik

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Pub Date: February 2018

ISBN: 9780231182812

128 Pages

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Pub Date: February 2018

ISBN: 9780231851121

128 Pages

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Danger: Diabolik

Leon Hunt

Wallflower Press

Danger: Diabolik (1968) was adapted from a comic that has been a social phenomenon in Italy for over fifty years, featuring a masked master criminal—part Fantômas, part James Bond—and his elegant companion Eva Kant. The film partially reinvents the character as a countercultural prankster, subverting public officials and the national economy, and places him in a luxurious and futuristic underground hideout and Eva in a series of unforgettable outfits. A commercial disappointment on its original release, Danger: Diabolik's reputation has grown along with that of its director, Mario Bava, the quintessential cult auteur, while the pop-art glamour of its costumes and sets have caught the imagination of such people as Roman Coppola and the Beastie Boys.

This study examines its status as a comic-book movie, including its relation both to the original fumetto and to its sister-film, Barbarella. It traces its production and initial reception in Italy, France, the U.S., and the UK, and its cult afterlife as both a pop-art classic and campy "bad film" featured in the final episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
Packed with information, facts, figures, speculation, analysis, and cultural connections. All Classical Portland
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Diabolik, chi sei?
1. From fumetto nero to ‘wild and kooky cape-opera’: Production, promotion, initial reception
2. ‘Uh-oh – it’s getting groovy!’: The cult afterlife of Danger: Diabolik
3. Fantômas all’italiana: Analysis
4. Genius of Crime: The place of the film
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Leon Hunt is a senior lecturer in film and TV studies at Brunel University. He is the author of British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexpolitation (1998), Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger (2003), and Cult British TV Comedy: From Reeves and Mortimer to Psychoville (2013).