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Baron Blood

Master Bava is always unique, even when things do not go well. As in the case of 'Baron Blood', which is certainly not the film for which we remember him as one of the great masters of cinema. And on the other hand, both Morandini and Ebert spoke ill of it.
But at the same time it is a film that has a number of pleasing, well thought-out things about it.
I will state the obvious but Bava's hand can be seen and felt in almost every shot. There is great attention to detail, environments and staging. There is a creeping irony that is never exaggerated and there is a cast that does its duty with Joseph Cotten and Elke Sommer and horror babe Nicoletta Elmi. All in a gothic work, one of the last in an elegant and charming package.
But there is also a story that is a little too obvious, which loses bite and is a little predictable. At times banal and unexciting.
Peter (Von) Kleist (Antonio Cantafora) is a descendant of Baron Von Kleist. A cursed baron who lived in Nuremberg Castle. Peter has a parchment from his distant relative that, apparently, if read in a room in the castle can bring the dark baron back to life.
And Peter, back in Nuremberg and a guest of Professor Karl Hummer (Massimo Girotti), tries it for fun, in the company of Eva (Elke Sommer) a student he has just met. After a couple of rehearsals gone wrong, it seems to work and in fact three people are killed in the city. And above all, a man in a wheelchair buys the castle. Is he the reincarnated uncle? As the little girl played by Nicoletta Elmi says?