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Other fumetti films?

I'm just curious if anyone else here follows the other fumetti (Italian comic book) based films? I LOVE "Danger: Diabolik" and I'm just curious which ones you guys have seen that are worthwhile. Here are a few that I've seen:

1) Barbarella - Jane Fonda looks great!!! It's fun but has very little going for it other than Jane Fonda and the visuals.
2) Kilink Istanbul'da - Fun, goofy, but ultimately forgettable. You've gotta love the skeleton suit though.
3) Kriminal - Pretty slick looking film but my copy is in italian with no subtitles :(. Yet another slick looking skeleton suit!!!
4) Satanik - Uhhh... couldn't sit through this one in it's entirety. Not a heck of a good movie.


There were great and truly original fumetti that were made in italy from the 60s onwards and not just in the 'sadistic criminals' genre. Sadly, with the possible exeption of Bava's, none of them has enjoyed a decent screen adaptation.

One of the most popular is the western themed 'Tex', made into film in 1982 to general disappointment:

The most famous fumetto of the last two decades is 'Dylan Dog', it centers around a London-based detective that specializes in the paranormal (this came out well before X-files and all that stuff).
The film 'Dellamorte Dellamore' ( although not based on the exact character, was written by Tiziano Sclavi, Dylan Dog's creator, and contains many similarities with the comic series. The lead is even played by Rupert Everett, you'll know what I mean by looking at this page:

I disliked it to be honest, but it seems that has become some sort of cult on IMDB at least, might be because of Anna Falchi, so you might as well check it out anyway, (you'll know too when you'll see her).
Hope someday someone with a heart and a little money might make an adaptation of the truly cracking 'Alan Ford'; maybe from ex-Yugoslavia where it's still a massive cult (Emir Kusturica out there?), as in Italy it's all too depressing at the moment to think.

Long live Mario


I've been a big fan of DELLAMORTE DELLAMORE for a while now, based on more merits than just Anna Falchi.

I thought it was a brilliant existential fantasy disguised as an eccentric horror movie. But I have no familiarity with either the source novel that Sclavi wrote or his separate Dyaln Dog series. Michele Soavi also apparently incorporated some visual cues from the Dylan Dog series into the film, and Sclavi also even started modeling Dylan Dog on Rupert Everett, who plays Dellamore in the film.

BABA YAGA was another good one culled from fumetti ranks, by the way.


BABA YAGA was another good one culled from fumetti ranks, by the way.

Albeit, toned down a bit. The Valentina stories were a bit wilder.

There are two Italian creators whose work really deserve cinematic treatment: Hugo Pratt and Vittorio Giardino. Pratt's Corto Maltese is one of the finest adventure comics in the world and would make a fantastic film series, if someone had the vision. Giardino has multiple works that would translate well, whether it was his Max Friedman stories (Hungarian Rhapsody, Oriental Gateway), his Sam Pezzo stories (a private investigator) or his brilliant A Jew in Communist Prague, not to mention his story of the Spanish Civil War, No Pasaran!

Liberatore's Ranxerox would make for a seriously whacked-out film, though it would have to be pretty watered down to avoid an NC-17, just for violence.

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