After a short break, I’m very pleased to announce that UCL SELCS and Auteur Books have organised a screening of Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960). The screening will take place on Thursday 29th October at 6pm in Chadwick B05 LT. The film will be introduced by Martyn Conterio, an editor and journalist specialising in Italian horror who has contributed to Time Out’s Horror Survey and writes for Little White Lies, The Guardian, Total Film and Rue Morgue. Martyn has recently published a study of Black Sunday in the series Devil’s Advocates (Auteur, 2015). The film screening will be followed by a Q&A.
‘With Black Sunday, Mario Bava created what many consider to be one of the most definitive titles in Gothic horror cinema. Adapted from a short story by Nikolai Gogol, the film was banned in Britain for eight years, largely because of its strangely poetic fusion of morbid sexuality and graphic violence, highly unusual for the time. […] Released in the same year as Peeping Tom, Psycho, The Fall of the House of Usher and Eyes Without a Face, Conterio identifies the film as a work which significantly pushed cinematic boundaries in terms of sex and violence and further contextualisation highlights its significance in post-war cinema and the birth of Italian horror.’ (James Gracey, http://www.exquisiteterror.com)
Tickets are free of charge but seats are limited and booking through Eventbrite is essential. Please, do let me know if you have to cancel your booking in order to give someone else the chance to attend the event.
Hope to see you there!