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Bava's films ooze with cool style, none moreso than this. An influential feast for the eyes (and ears, courtesy of Morricone), Diabolik is a cross between Bond and Batman, if both were bad guys. Set your logic aside and ignore the usual bad Italian dubbing, 'cause you're in for a sumptuous, kitschy, over-the-top treat.
Based on an Italian comics series (which may explain why it's bananas and episodic), Danger: Diabolik is a spaghetti heist picture that asks, What if Bond were a Bond villain? And then gave it a bit of a 60s art house treatment for good measure. Are you ready for a deep deep dive? (Won't get that song out of my head anytime soon.) So Diabolik is a super-thief, staging impossible heists with his sexy lover Eva from his Ken Adam-style sci-fi HQ, while both the police and the gangsters who would trade him in for their own freedom all try to nab him. Visually inventive, Diabolik doesn't really have likable characters to hang your interest on, it's just cool and fun. A bit repetitive, I'll admit, which is to say it gets less and less interesting as it goes along, but recaptures one's interest at the very end, I think. Sometimes you want to watch a movie that you can't believe got made. This is one of those movies. Thanks, Italy!
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This movie ranks #66 in The Deuce Top 20
This movie ranks #149 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #429 in Empire 500