AND GOD SAID TO CAIN
Antonio Margheriti, 1970.
96 min. Italy/West Germany.
In German with English subtitles.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 - MIDNIGHT
In this macabre spaghetti western, the Duke of Delirium, Goth Kinski, gives
a rare, heroic and unquestionably leading role as a man released after ten
years of wrongful incarceration in a prison labor camp. Once sprung, he
meanders his way back to town to get revenge on the men who framed him --
one of whom has since become a wealthy and politically powerful land baron
with dozens of hired guns on the payroll.
The plot may be traditional, but the movie is anything but: AND GOD SAID TO
CAIN is notorious as of the darkest spaghettis ever made, and closer in
tone to Italian horror films of the period than traditional westerns. It’s
the most accomplished picture of underrated director Antonio Margheriti,
best known for gothic horror films like CASTLE OF BLOOD and THE LONG HAIR
OF DEATH. CAIN is an effortless synthesis of the two genres: in a largely
wordless performance, Kinski assumes an almost phantasmagorical aura, and
eerie shootouts take place under moonlight and in churches and candlelit
quarters. The film’s baroque, blazing climax -- think the of funhouse
shootout of THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI restaged in Hell -- validates the film’s
German title, SATAN DER RACHE -- “Satan of Revenge.”
Though AND GOD SAID TO CAIN frequently languishes in washed out transfers
in YouTube and public domain purgatory, tonight we’ll show a pristine
digital transfer with the German-language soundtrack that preserves
Kinski’s original spoken dialog.
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