Five Dolls for an August Moon
|Five Dolls for an August Moon|
Original Italian poster
|Directed by||Mario Bava|
|Produced by||Luigi Alessi|
|Written by||Mario di Nardo|
|Music by||Piero Umiliani|
|Editing by||Mario Bava|
|Studio||Produzioni Atlas Consorziate|
|Release dates||14 February 1970|
|Running time||78 min.|
|Box office||ITL 65,000,000|
Five Dolls for an August Moon (Italian: 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava. It concerns a group of people who have gathered on a remote island for fun and relaxation. One of the guests is a chemist who has created a revolutionary new chemical process, and several of the attending industrialists are eager to buy it from him. Business problems become a moot point, however, when someone begins killing off the attendees one-by-one.
Five Dolls for an August Moon was one of Bava's most obscure films, and did not receive an official American release until 2001 when Image Entertainment distributed it on DVD. After the Image disc went out of print, Anchor Bay re-released as part of the "Mario Bava Collection Volume 2" box set on 23 October 2007. The film was released in France as L'île de l'épouvante / Island of Terror. In 2013, Kino International released the film on Blu-ray in the United States.
In his review of the 2013 American Blu-ray release for Slant Magazine, Budd Wilkins writes "Five Dolls for an August Moon isn't top-tier Bava by any means, but for those with eyes to see, there are pleasures aplenty to be gleaned from this playfully abstract jeu d'esprit."
In his commentary track for the Kino International Blu-ray release of the film, Mario Bava scholar Tim Lucas argues strongly against Bava's own assessment of the film as one of his worst and calls it one of his most beautiful and innovative films.
- William Berger as professor Fritz Farrel
- Ira von Furstenberg as Trudy Farrel
- Edwige Fenech as Marie Chaney
- Howard Ross as Jack Davidson
- Helena Ronee as Peggy Davidson
- Teodoro Corrà as George Stark
- Ely Galleani as Isabel
- Maurice Poli as Nick Chaney
- Butler, Craig. "Five Dolls for an August Moon - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Wilkins, Budd. "Five Dolls for an August Moon - Blu-Ray Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
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