Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man)

by on Mar.26, 2010, under Daily Review

Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) has an unusual occupation: He works and lives in a cemetery. But this is an unusual cemetery, one where the dead return to the living after burial. With the help of his trusty companion, Gnaghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro) It’s Francesco’s job, not only to bury the deceased, but to terminate the ‘returners’. When a grieving widow (Ana Falchi) attends the grave of her darling husband, Francesco falls in love with delirious results.   

Michael Soavi, one of Italy’s finest visionary film makers, brings to the screen an adaptation of Tiziano Sclavi’s classic comic Dylan Dog and does so with zest and compassion. As expected, the film is wonderfully shot, cinematography executed with charm and a perfect eye, each scene looking beautiful. The films subject matter is one of comedy. This is controlled lightly with a blend of French sophistication and the look and feel of an Italian art house flick. Combined with some over the top gore, this results with the film being a clever concoction of genres and emotions which make up this gorgeous movie.

Influences span across the film industry. From Jean Pierre Jeunet, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento and Sam Raimi. Soavi has worked alongside some of the greats and it shows, especially here with this delightful film. Soavi’s previous works have always looked amazing, but with this, the influence of comedy and quirky characters is a step away from his usual arty, dream like gore films.

The script is poetic and executed at a perfect pace by Everett especially; one of his finest performances, a role which comprises of a lost and lonely lover grieving to the point of crazed gun toting manic. Hadji-Lazaro also puts in a brilliant performance as Dellamorte’s right hand man in the cemetery. A bumbling, mumbling character who blushes before puking over a young girl which he loves. Later carrying her talking head about, his new darling.

This film is unlike anything else you could have seen. Well worth a look


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