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Five Dolls for an August Moon: Kino Classics Remastered Edition [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Maurice Poli
  • Directors: Mario Bava
  • Format: Dubbed, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Sept. 3 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DI67N94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,040 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Industrialist George Stark (Teodoro Corra) invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell (William Berger) who has invented a newchemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of the potential investors goes behind each other's back, fear and mistrust grow, particularly once the guests begin turning up dead.

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It is surely no coincidence that the two greatest adaptations of Agatha Christie (Rene Clair's 'And then there were none' and this) have been by directors who might be loosely called Surrealist, and have been based on the same book, 'Ten Little Indians', in which the traditional emblem of consciousness in the crime novel, the detective, is removed, allowing the unconscious free rein. 'Five Dolls for an August Moon' is not often rated as highly as Bava's horror films, but I think it might be his masterpiece, the murder mystery as Bunuellian bad dream. a number of couples are invited by magnate George Stark to his island retreat, as cover for his attempts to force a brilliant scientist to sell some secret formula that is worth millions but potentially dangerous. the increasingly tense atmosphere soon becomes the backdrop for a series of grotesque murders.
There is something of 'the Tempest' about 'Five dolls', with its enchanted island (seemingly pivoted around the title moon), a presiding power manipulating everyone's movements and an Ariel-like figure flitting freely and decisively on the margins. but it is Bunuel who is the true guiding spirit - like the party-goers in 'The Exterminating Angel', Bava's bourgeoisie can't leave their opulent surroundings, and their elegant facade is soon stripped away to reveal sexual neurosis, financial greed and violence (lingering traces of fascism in the bright new democratic, industrial Italy, and all prominent in the brutal George); while, like 'Belle de Jour', the mystery narrative is subverted by a complex pattern mixing dream, subjective point-of-view and reality - one amazing sequence sees the survivors magically disappearing when potential rescuers arrive on the island.
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Although Bava said this was his worst film, "Five Dolls..." is now enjoying a much deserved re-appraisal. When I saw a washed-out 35mm print some years ago, I was inclined to agree with the director's opinion, but the DVD release has laid any doubts I may have had to rest. The unusually framed compositions, frenetic zip-panning, intrusive zooms and gaudy colours give the film a psychedelic Eurotrash ambience that is difficult to resist. The unconvincing characterizations and hackneyed plot are lost in a welter of striking incidental details: hundreds of glass baubles rolling down a staircase and into the bloody water of a suicide victim's bathtub, being a particularly impressive example. The kitschy easy-listening soundtrack compliments the visuals perfectly, humorously underscoring the hanging of the corpses in the freezer with childishly sinister fairground music. The English dubbed track seems suffers from occasional irritating crackles, so I suggest you enjoy this garish "10 Little Indians" variant in Italian with English subs. Riddled with loose ends, it's not one of Bava's most substantial movies, but it's by no means devoid of the classic, unusual touches that are associated with his name.
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By TA on June 12 2001
Format: DVD
Mario Bava has taken a step back to his horror genre and created a psychadelic, mysterious, sexy, black comedy. The film is TERRIBLY dated to the late 60s/early 70s. (The girls look like they just walked out from the 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' set). But DON'T let that stop you from viewing this VERY original piece of film !
The plot is simple: A group of married friends are on a 'getaway' weekend and they find themselves being killed off one by one. THATS IT ! Sounds like a "Ten Little Indians" clone, right ???? Wrong ! You have the brutality of "Fargo" in some spots and the wickedly DARK comedic moments as in "Pulp Fiction". If you liked both of those films, you will enjoy this little seen Bava masterpiece. The music is TOTALLY 60s, the outfits are right out of the Jimi Hendrix thrift store, and the stage sets look like a 'hippie' Brady Bunch dwelling. Its a FUN movie !
Without a doubt: This was WAY before its time. Very enjoyable ! Even though its not HORROR, (its more of a mystery), this is a MUST for Bava fans !
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