Cemetery Man

AKA Mi Novia es una Zombia

AKA Dellamorte Dellamore

Staring Rupert Everette and Anna Falchi
Directed by Michele Soavi

To date, one of my favorite and later released Italian films. A flop by American standards, but a better success abroad. Perhaps America wasn’t ready, will never be ready for a widely released, foreign, dark-humor tale.

Everette plays Francesco Dellamorte, an unremarkable cemetery caretaker in an unremarkable small Italian township. His closest and best companion being a hulking, and somewhat challenged man named Naghi, who lives on the cemetery premises with Francesco.

Sure, unremarkable if you don’t mind the dead returning to life. Francesco and Naghi spend their time burying the dead, re-killing the dead and reburying the dead. Obviously these two fellows have been doing this for quite some time as each task is dealt with swiftly and with nonchalance.

Until one day, of course, when Francesco falls madly for a woman who is burying her recently deceased, and very elderly, rich husband. And, of course I hate to reveal too much to someone who hasn’t watched the movie, we follow a trail rich with fate and and good old fashioned bad luck. Boy finds girl, boy loves girl, boy accidentally kills girl, boy needs to kill girl again. Boy sees girl in every woman he meets.

The farther we go in the story, the more I feel as though we aren’t witnessing solid reality. But it is definitely a movie that you will have to watch for yourself and come to your own conclusions. Personally I thought it was one of the best movies to come out of the 90’s. Earthquakes or insanity? You be the judge.

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