Mea Culpa. Been meaning to post this before, but better late than never. Just as a show of hands, how many Toronto people read this blog? If you do read, leave us a comment and give a shout out for the old "four-one-six"! Heck, we will even count hands for the "six-four-seven" and "nine-oh-five!"
If you are near the TDot area, on Saturday get down to the Royal cinema Saturday night to check out the screening of the 1972 giallo classic WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE? aka "Cosa avete fatto a Solange?" aka "The School That Couldn't Scream". SOLANGE was directed by Massimo Dallamano who started out as a cinematographer whose work included Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. He went on to direct several other thrillers before his untimely death in a car accident in 1976.
His cinematographer is Aristide Massaccesi (Joe D’Amato) who would go on to direct over 200 films including Euro-sleaze flicks such as MANUELLE IN AMERICA, TRAP THEM AND KILL THEM and ANTHROPOPHAGOUS before settling into Euro-porn until his passing in 1999. And to top it all, SOLANGE boasts a score by Ennio Morricone! This event is possible due to the hard efforts of a dedicated group of grindhouse fans who under the banner Vagrancy Films, have been holding screenings of gritty classics in London, Ontario including ZOMBIE, DEMONS, THE EVIL DEAD, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, DOLEMITE, THE BEYOND, CHAINED HEAT, DUEL OF THE IRON FISTS, FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, THE CANDYSNATCHERS, MANIAC, THE BIG DOLL HOUSE and CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, amongst others. Read their press release below and drop a comment if you want to meet up for a beer afterwards!
And as a bonus from the cinema staff here at Popcorn and Sticky Floors, check out this great SOLANGE photo wallpaper over from the fabulous guys at Cinema Strikes Back!
TORONTO.....You guys found away to dump your garbage in London so now Vagrancy is going to return the favor, only we won't be packing crushed beer cans or sour milk cartons...no no...We are bringing 5 Rusty Reels of Cinematic Trash so pure, so foul it will be the most excitement Toronto has seen since Paul Stanley crooned as the Phantom. We are talking about the Italia Giallo Classic WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE ? aka THE SCHOOL THAT COULDN'T SCREAM. Considered the world over as one of the finest examples of Italian 70s Thrillers on the planet Solange is a perfect follow up to our previous adventure in your fair city. Please this time save the police until at least the third reel. As always stashed in our trunk beside the pound of cronic, and tall boys will be a bushel of vinegar delights from back in the day AKA Trailers. Nothing get's your blood pumping better than 2 minute intervals of shootings, stabbings, and boobies. If you are sensitive so such material you can always nestle on your sofa and watch the Golden Globes on your PVR.
A forbidden affair between a teacher and student at a girls' college sets the stage for cold-blooded murder. As the school is rocked by the twisted secrets unearthed by the police investigation, the killer strikes again and again. From veteran director/cinematographer/writer Massimo Dallamano (Black Veil For Lisa; Night Child), comes a stylish, violent murder mystery in the grand European genre known as the "giallo". Based on the work of acclaimed suspense novelist Edgar Wallace (King of Kong) and featuring a lush, haunting score by Ennio Morricone (The Untouchables; Cinema Paradiso).
What Have They Done to Solange features 70s Euro Legend Fabio Testi famous for his work in European Crime Classics such as The Smuggler and Heroin Busters. It also features Camille Keaton from I Spit on Your Grave making her feature film debut.
Vagrancy Films Presents
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO SOLANGE - 35mm Scope Print
Saturday January 27 2007 9:30 PM
The Royal 608 College Street , Toronto Ontario
$10.00 at the Door -
Diabolical Trailer Reel Before the Main Feature