|Ecco and The Forbidden
1 DVD disc
Label: Severin Films
Prebook: 1/1/19 Street: 1/29/19
Catalog #: SEV92605
Color and B&W, Ecco 99 minutes, The Forbidden 65 minutes, in English
Region 0. Ecco: 2.35:1 / The Forbidden: 1.85:1
Dolby Digital Mono
Production year: 1965
Directors: Ecco: Gianni Proia / The Forbidden: Benjamin Andrews, Lee Frost
Cast: Ecco: George Sanders, Alexander, Maria Ansaldi / Forbidden: Baby Bubbles, Bob Cresse, Pat Hall
In 1963, nudie/roughie filmmakers Bob Cresse and Lee Frost (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN, LOVE CAMP 7) saw the U.S. grosses of MONDO CANE and quickly imported and adapted one of the most provocative and successful shockumentaries of the decade. Narrated by Academy Award® winner George Sanders (ALL ABOUT EVE) and featuring a legendary soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Oscar®-nominated for MONDO CANE’s ‘More’), ECCO explores a world of sadism, delinquency, roller derby, extreme piercing, appalling stereotypes and the infamous Lapland-women-castrating-reindeer-with-their- teeth sequence, now scanned in 4k from the original inter-negative. Bonus feature THE FORBIDDEN is Frost & Cresse’s rarely seen and totally insane 1966 fake Mondo, packed with staged scenes of Swiss lesbians, L.A. rapists, Parisian tarts and Nazi strippers, newly-transferred from the only known 35mm print in existence.
- The Bandit– Producer David Goldstein remembers Bob Cresse.
- I Want More– Short Film