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In Fabric (2018)
Retro-consumerism and killer looks collide in Peter Strickland’s most stylish and brilliantly bizarre vision to date.
On the eve of a Lonely-Hearts date, divorcee Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) boosts her confidence with a one-of-a-kind, blood-red dress. Purchased at a gothic London boutique, following a bizarrely seductive sales pitch, the true strangeness of the transaction begins to unfurl after the dress's first outing, and soon this strong look begins to exact a heavy toll.
Marking director Peter Strickland's return to the Giallo-tinged terrain of 2012's Berberian Sound Studio, In Fabric pays skilful homage to the Italian b-grade cinema of Mario Bava and Dario Argento. This homage is rounded out by Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner, who shoots in the richest of colours (on the darkest of canvasses), and Stereolab's Tim Gane who provides an unsettling score to match.
Joining Strickland's regular players are Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie and The Mighty Boosh's Julian Barratt.
A movie of ravishing colors and textures that ultimately elevates style and sensuality into something genuinely meaningful.
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Mario Bava's stylistic excesses colour in a look book of inspiration for a burgeoning Giallo subgenre, years ahead of its time.
Models beware! While briskly walking through the wooded grounds of an haute couture fashion house on a ferociously stormy night, a raincoat-clad model is stalked and violently murdered. The following day, after the polizia wrap up some initial questioning, her secret diary is discovered. As the other models clamour to find out (or hide) the secrets within, the killer begins a bloody trail of his own to the diary.
Shot in stunningly vivid colour years before Italian giallo films truly hit their stride, Mario Bava's trend-setting B-film set the rules for the subgenre, but also for slasher films as a whole. Its influence echoes fifty years later as a visual inspiration for Peter Strickland's In Fabric (2018).
This is a true original, a portrait of murder in oils.
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