Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Same Pencil-Thin Moustache

The Last Man on Earth (1964)
directed by Sidney Salkow
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
on DVD from Netflix

Price does in fact "play it straight" here (leave it to the Italians to domesticate the heir to the National Candy Company), except for his conclusive skit as Christ on the cross. The influence of The Last Man on Night of the Living Dead should be enough to bronze the film negative; what frontier stretches further in the mind than the horror genre's capacity for innovation? Nevermind Antonioni's modern malaises, as Vincent appropriates the set of L'Eclisse with twice Alain Delon's sense of injustice. No one like Monica Vitti, but with the last man in a Cadillac, who needs her?