(also known simply as Diabolik
) is a 1968 feature film from Italian filmmaker Mario Bava
based on the Italian comic character Diabolik
. It is the story of a skilled thief (played by John Phillip Law
) living out of a ritzy hideout who steals incredible riches from the Italian government — including $10 million in cash, a highly prized set of emeralds, and an enormous gold ingot. Eva Kant
was played by Marisa Mell
, while Ginko was Michel Piccoli
. A Dino De Laurentiis
production (producer of Barbarella
, which also featured Law), filmed at his studios in Rome. Also some scenes from the roof of the nearby Rome Hilton hotel with Valmont and his men. It had a notable musical score by Ennio Morricone
. The song in the early part of the film Deep, Deep, Down
was sung by "Christie" which was later voted number three in the best sound tracks ever (though it had not been released in any form). So they could get a film sound track without any unwanted background sounds, the film was completely revoiced. There are two different voiced English sound tracks.
It was fairly faithful to the original, having Diabolik drive his black jaguar sports car and Eva drive her white one. The violence in the comics had to be toned down for the film and when it was finally shown in England in late 1969, it had 17 minutes cut from it. One of Diabolik's trademarks was his knife throwing but this was only done twice in the film, when he was after the necklace. The film was shot in 1967 and is copyrighted that year. A documentary included with the DVD release praises Mario Bava for creating one of the most faithful comic book adaptation of the 20th century.
The film came in at under $500,000, mainly thanks to the very skillful use of camera tricks by Mario Bava like under cranking (so making things look like they are moving faster), many matte paintings and cut-out pictures (to show buildings, the inside of the hide out and other things which did not exist) as well as front projection (which made it look like the stars were in speeding vehicles, etc.). A distant view of a G.I. Joe doll was used for a crook falling from a plane. The Diabolik mask was made by Carlo Rambaldi.
In the titles, the story was said to be by Angela & Luciana Giussani (the 2 creators), Dino Maiuri & Adriano Baracco. The people who did the writing are down as "Screenplay".
In popular culture
Scenes were parodied in the music video for the Beastie Boys’ 1998 single "Body Movin'". In August 1999, the movie was featured in the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (although another out-of-sequence episode, Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders, was shown later). The movie also influenced Roman Coppola’s film CQ. The debut album from avant-garde metal band Fantômas is heavily influenced by Diabolik. In addition to the liner notes being composed of frames from the Diabolik comic books, some songs also contain samples from the film. It is also interesting to note that on Mike Patton's (Lead singer/ founder of Fantomas) solo album, "Mondo Cane", features a cover of the title track from Diabolik, "Deep Down." Issue #50 of the comic book series Catwoman features a scene where the character Holly Robinson and her girlfriend become excited after finding a copy of the movie at a local video store. Diabolik is also referenced visually in the motion picture Speed Racer.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (often abbreviated as MST3K) is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc., that ran from 1988 to 1999.
The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies, often (but not limited to) science fiction B-movies. To keep sane, the man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws and wisecracking (or "riffing") their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. Each film is presented with a superimposition of the man and robots' silhouettes along the bottom of the screen.
Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson, for five and a half seasons. When Hodgson left in 1993, series head writer Michael J. Nelson replaced him as new victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show's run.
During its eleven years, 198 episodes and one feature film, MST3K attained critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmy Awards (in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program) in 1994 and 1995, and was nominated for a CableACE Award.
In 2007, James Poniewozik listed Mystery Science Theater 3000 as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."