Posts Tagged ‘Riccardo Freda’

Riccardo Freda & Tragic Ceremony

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

And so the last entry for Riccardo Freda in this season of films. Tragic Ceremony is an admirable attempt to make a gothic horror film targetted at the youth market, something that few Italian horror films managed to do. However all the gore and hand-held camera work cannot disguise a horribly drawn out plot and tired pacing.

I have also taken to the time to write up an all new biography of Riccardo Freda.

Riccardo Freda adventures

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A pair of Euro-adventure films from Riccardo Freda. The first and most interesting is Genoveffa di Brabante (1964), a medieval adventure film based on a classic tale – an incredibly obscure film that might never have been shown outside of Italy, it boasts a few good fighting scenes but a very tiresome second half. An interesting curio and the MYA DVD certainly looks good, even though the English subs are a little ropey.

Rather more conventional is White Warrior (1959) which would be an unremarkable Peplum, except that instead of rebels fighting Rome, Steve Reeves is fighting the Tsar’s forces in 19th Century Russia.