UPDATE: “Toby Dammit” Fellini’s rare psychedelic joyride-to-hell (and only horror movie,) screens at “Operazione Paura” in Seravezza

Operazione Paura Horror Festival Rare Fellini

Fellini’s segment in “Tre passi nel delirio” a “film collettivo” from 1968 – starring (and with a voice-over by) a seemingly drugged Terence Stamp, screened in all its groovy, surreal, glory at “Operazione Paura,” the festival of Horror “Made in Italy” currently underway in Seravezza. The fest celebrates the Masters of the genre, like Bava, Fulci and Argento, as well as the younger generation of practitioners of the craft in a series of screenings and conferences held in the Scuderie Granducali in the Palazzo Mediceo complex for the next two days.

Stamp plays Toby Dammit, a british actor in Rome to make a “Catholic Western” in exchange for a Ferrari, … as a troubled loner, a self-centered ham prone to whining fits when drunk, and given to nightmarish psychotic episodes featuring a creepy girl, all dressed in white. All of Fellini’s famous themes are in full form in this, his “liberal adaptation” of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Wager the Devil Your Head.”

The soundrack is by Nino Rota.

We link to part 1of 5 of this wonderful 43-minute tale of strange women, beautiful parties and crazy car rides. It’s a funny look at the excesses of showbiz and a delirious glance at the daily horrors of eveyday life. Enough to make anyone lose his head! 

We print the schedule for the event’s last two days, this weekend.

Saturday, May 26th

10:00 I Maestri, projection of Danza Macabra ( Antonio Margheriti, 1964)

15:00 Cortonatura

16:00 Selezione SediciCorto, horror internazionali

15:00 I Maestri,projection of La cripta e l’incubo ( Camillo Mastrocinque, 1964)

16:30 Effetti collaterali, Madame X the series, projection of Dive cattive, Ep.2

17:00 Effetti collaterali, encounter with the festival guests

17:00 I Maestri, projection of Suspiria ( Dario Argento, 1977)

18:00 Effetti collaterali, debate, encounter on the “Gotico italiano”

19:00 I Maestri, projection of La Chiesa ( Michele Soavi, 1989)

21:30 Prime Visioni, projection of Mario Bava – Operazione Paura ( Roberto Pisoni, Gabriele Isetto 2004-2010)

22:30 Prime Visioni, projection of Progetto P.O.E. (various directors, 2011)

Sunday, May 27th

10:00 I Maestri, projection of L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo ( Dario Argento, 1971)

15:00 Cortonatura

15:00 Effetti collaterali, book presentations

16:30 Effetti collaterali, Madame X the series, projection of Dive cattive, Ep.3

17:00 Effetti collaterali, encounter with the festival guests

17.00 I Maestri, projection of Quella villa accanto al cimitero ( Lucio Fulci, 1981)

18:00 Effetti collaterali, encounter on Special Fx & Make Up, projection of “Scary Tales” ( Roberto D’Antona, 2012)

18:30 Effetti collaterali, round table “ La produzione indipendente in Italia”

21:00 Prime Visioni, Italian Premiere :Wrath of the crows” ( Ivan Zuccon, 2012-2013)

22:00 Prime Visioni, Italian Premiere of “La notte americana del Dr.Fulci” ( Antonietta de Lillo, 2011)

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