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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

VHS Vednesday: Die! Die! My Darling!

DIE! DIE! MY DARLING! (1965). Directed by Silvio Narizzano. Starring Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, and Donald Sutherland.

Unfortunately, I don't have time for a full review this week, so I'll sum it up quickly: Tallulah Bankhead, returning to the screen after a 20-year absence (her last film being 1945's A Royal Scandal) chews the scenery as only she could, giving an amazing over-the-top performance as a religious fanatic determined to "purify" Stefanie Powers, the fiancee of her late son. She must be seen to be believed.
Who's Leaving This Off Their Resume?
Donald Sutherland has a fairly substantial supporting part as the "village idiot," but the role relies primarily on his physical presence rather than his actual talent. I don't think this ranks too highly in his memories of his screen career.



At 10:25 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Ah, that was all the rage back then -- digging up ancient actresses and putting them in horror movies. Blame it on the movie "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane." :-)

At 6:29 PM, Blogger Erich said...

And that trend inspired a great Mad Magazine satire, "Hack, Hack, Sweet Has-Been," just chock-full of those brilliant Mort Drucker caricatures of all those aging stars. Perhaps the funniest gag from that story: The Joan Crawford character is force-fed Pepsi-Cola until she burps to death. (I first read the story in one of Mad's Super Special reprint collections as a kid, and the Joan Crawford/Pepsi connection went right over my head at the time...but now that I understand the gag, it's hilarious.)

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Ha! I can just imagine Drucker illustrating that, too! :-)


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