Mambo Italiano: Exploring Exotica + Diabolik (12A)

20:45 / A talk exploring 50's and 60's Western culture's fascination with exotica and a screening of Bava's cult hit

8 October 2008
Frobisher Auditorium 1

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Mambo Italiano: Exploring Exotica

Presented by The Hammett Story Agency

Barbican film welcomes Italian writer and musicologist Francesco Adinolfi to the Cinema stage to discuss his book Mondo Exotica, a study of Western culture’s fascination with 'exotica' during the 50s and 60s through music, with a focus on Martin Denny, Yma Sumac and the later subgenres of exotica such as the mood music and spy music composed for Italian films of the 60s.
Francesco will be interviewed by Ken Hollings, reviewer, novelist and cultural historian (Welcome to Mars, Destroy All Monsters).

To complement, this discussion will be followed by a screening of Mario Bava’s cult hit Diabolik.

+ Diabolik (12)

This tongue-in-cheek 60s Italian spy-thriller starring John Phillip Law & Marisa Mell was based on a popular Italian comic-book series and is a fine example of the kind of exotica-influenced film score that Francesco Adinolfi covers in his book.

Super-thief anti-hero Diabolik (Law) divides his time between megabucks heists and cavorting in his secret underground lair (complete with a bed made of money) with his beautiful bewigged sidekick Eva (Mell), until Police Inspector Ginko gets a little too close…

Italy 1968 Dir. Mario Bava

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