Thirty days, thirty movies: done. It all ended last night with Cemetery Man. If you aren’t familiar with the movie, the quickest summary I can give is its Italian title Dellamorte Dellamore, which translates to Death Love. It is a movie about death and love, with lots of zombies. It’s also beautiful (visually and otherwise), funny and damn strange.
I really want to do an in-depth review/critique/analysis of this film in the near future, so I will keep my remarks here brief. First off, if you haven’t seen this movie, put it at the top of your must-see list. Even if you don’t love it (and I think most of you will) it is an important film, both within the zombiesphere and within the larger context of “important” films. Hell, even if you think it is dumb as fuck (and it’s possible, though wrong, to interpret it that way) there is a whole lot of the gorgeous Anna Falchi nude in it (I’ll put a non-revealing nude picture of her below, for those who are curious), and arguably it’s not even gratuitous nudity since it ties closely into the plot.
Oh yes, the plot. it’s about a gravedigger named Francesco Dellamorte who works in a cemetery where the dead frequently come back as zombies. Along with his faithful and childlike servant Gnaghi, he has to put them down, which he does with a sort of detached sense of duty and necessity. He falls in love at first site with a woman who dies shortly thereafter, but seems to return, both as a zombie and in other ways, over and over. Soon, Dellamorte begins to expedite his work by simply killing the living before they become the dead, then undead. That’s the gist, but there are layers, multiple subplots and twists galore.
Here are a few highlights (besides the aforementioned nude Falchi): a zombie on a motorcycle; multiple decapitations; a love affair between a severed head and Gnaghi; several nuns getting shot in the head; and a whole busload of dead Boy Scouts. That’s not all by any means, just a sampling of the wonders it has to offer.
I’d like to say more but my head is still kind of spinning (hence my reluctance to go into too much detail here — I’m still reacting to it, hours after I finished watching it). I got a lot more out of it this time than the first and I already suspect each further viewing will only add to my understanding and appreciation. Let me reiterate: see this movie, as soon as you can. And look for a big piece on it soon-ish.
For now, let me wrap by saying the third annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month was another success. I feel bad for bailing on the shorts halfway through, but that’s what happens when you take on too many things at once — something’s got to give. Since I couldn’t stop any of my special work projects or my wedding (which is tomorrow), it was either the feature movies or the shorts. I chose the shorts. But I will go back and watch the remaining shorts soon, so look for something on them in the weeks to come.
Now, here’s the gorgeous Anna Falchi