Citizens above Suspicion
Elio Petri, Peter Whitehead, Franco Nero
In September, Scalarama returns with, among many other events, an 'Odorama' screening of John Waters’s Polyester, and our own screening of psychedelic giallo All the Colours of the Dark on the 24th, in collaboration with Strange Attractor. Another highlight this month is the Elio Petri retrospective at the ICA, showcasing four of his films: Investigation, The 10th Victim, We Still Kill the Old Way and A Quiet Place in the Country, starring a young Franco Nero who we talked to at KVIFF in July.
Out in cinemas are two favourites from this year’s Film 4 FrightFest: Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon and Adam Wingard’s The Guest. We also review David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Nordic thriller In Order of Disappearance and Fritz Lang’s classic M. Plus we speak to Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard about their fascinating Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.
In home entertainment, we look at the Mo Brothers’ Killers, Juan Carlos Medina’s Painless, Takashi Miike’s Lesson of Evil, George Franju’s Eyes without a Face, and two 80s cult hits: Joe Dante’s The Burbs and Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space. We also review two East European gems, Walerian Borowczyk's Immoral Tales and Karel Zeman’s ‘pseudo-historical’ A Jester's Tale, plus we have a Comic Strip Review of Pater Sparrow's 1, based on Stanislaw Lem’s One Human Minute.
To coincide with the Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective, which opens in Paris on 17 September, we talk to Peter Whitehead about Daddy, and we celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which will be screened with a new live re-score at Fantastic Fest and Beyond Fest. Our latest Dominion of Canada takes a first look at this year’s TIFF and we also report from the fabulous Etrange Festival.■