LET THE CORPSES TAN

Spaghetti Western, ’70s Euro-pulp and delirious psychedelia collide in this stylised genre mashup about a gang of bandits locked in a wild, day-long shootout with cops in a Mediterranean hamlet.

In this frenetic homage to cinema’s seedier retro fringes, a band of thieves make off with a truckload of stolen gold and find themselves in an all-out firefight at the home of a bohemian artist who lives among ruins.

Genre connoisseurs Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani eschew their previous giallo love-ins for a potent mix of widescreen Spaghetti Western, pulpy, double-crossing Euro crime thrillers and even a touch of psychedelia for its extra, off-the-wall moments. The result is an exhilarating assault on the senses, lensed in glorious 16mm, starring Elina Lowensöhn (Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room, MIFF 2015; Hal Hartley’s Amateur, MIFF 1995) and with plenty of Ennio Morricone cues for maximum throwback effect.

"Stylish swagger goes full-tilt boogie in Let the Corpses Tan, the latest delirious exercise in lovingly retro pastiche from Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani." – The Hollywood Reporter

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