TOMORROW EVENING, STATION 923 will host a special reception for artist Lindsey Glover, which will be followed by an evening fireside film screening of Danger: Diabolik (Mario Bava 1968).
“Flood/Light is a group of new works centered around the isolation of light and shadow,” Glover said. “The works are luminescent scenes and landscape fragments exposing the beauty and complexity within the seemingly ordinary.”
The screening of Danger: Diabolik will be hosted by Hugues Barbier, director of the Strasbourg Film Festival. John Phillip Law (Barbarella) is the film’s stern-faced title character, a sexy sneak thief in rubber bondage gear who steals millions in gold, outwits the police and still finds time to frolic with his mini-skirted girlfriend (Marisa Mell).
The best adaptation to date of the eponym comic book, Danger: Diabolik is considered a masterpiece of Italian pop. ”At the end of the 60s, with revolutions emerging throughout the world, the Italian movie industry was about to experience a new movement that would later be called ‘Italian pop,’” Barbier said. “Defined by integrating elements of pop culture into the scenography, Italian pop includes science fiction (The 10th Victim; Petri, 1965), crime (Blow Up; Antonioni, 1966), and erotic drama films (The Lickerish Quartet; Metzger, 1970).”
In 1968, Mario Bava and Dino de Laurentis brought to the screen what could be considered a corner stone of the movement with Danger: Diabolik, Barbier added: “Based on a fumetti, or an Italian comic, of the same name, it is one the best comic book adaptations to date, mostly due to Mario Bava’s sense of cinematography and his ability to transpose the comic visually to the screen. The soundtrack by Ennio Morricone enhanced the ‘pop’ experience so much that the Diabolik visual is totally inseparable from the incredible theme song ‘Deep Down.’” The movie was entirely redubbed in Italian for its original release in order to optimize the sound, Barbier said, but this evening, the English version will be shown for convenience of the audience.
Lindsey Glover’s Flood/Light reception will be held on Thursday, June 23 from 5 pm to 8 pm, to be followed by a film screening at dark, at station923 (923 E. Shore Drive). Extra parking is located across the street in the Visitor’s Center.