Monday, November 29, 2010

Fighting Femmes, Fiends, and Fanatics Episode 2: The Fantastic Argoman

Here, as promised, is the second installment of Steve Mayhem's Fighting Femmes, Fiends, and Fanatics, this time guest hosted by yours truly. The subject: One of my favorite Italian costumed hero misadventures from the 60s, The Fantastic Argoman.

9 comments:

duriandave said...

Wow... that was fun! Great commentary, Todd. Nice to hear your trademark wit. And props to Steve for the video mix.

Adam Smasher said...

I love this movie, it's great fun. And that costume cracks me up.

Radio Schmaydio said...

Argoman has a sweet lair. I can't get enough of that swinging sixties pop mod design.

I think I need a top ten list of movies with groovy production values.

Would Operacion '67 make the list? The Tenth Victim? Certainly Diabolik.

What do you think, Todd? What are the most ur-pop sixties designed movies in your collection?

Todd said...

Yeah, Diabolik would certainly be up there, along with a few other Bava films: The spaceship in Planet of the Vampires, the house in 5 Dolls For an August Moon. I think Barbarella would have to be in there, too. I'll have to give it some more thought. In the interim, I'd love to hear other people's suggestions.

Jack J said...
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Jack J said...

I can't say I'm an expert on "movies with groovy production values" (well, I could but it wouldn't be true, haha) but your episode was certainly pretty cool, Todd. Kudos!
I've actually got The Fantastic Argoman on an unwatched VHS somewhere. Your video has certainly made me want to dust it off and give it a spin!

Btw, in the video you mention different versions of the film, can you please elaborate a little on this? The Something Weird Video tape contains an alternative edit, is that right?

Todd said...

Gladly, Jack. The version of Argoman that I have (on the Substance DVD) features a prologue in which Argoman outwits a Chinese firing squad by hypnotizing them into firing on one another. The version of Incredible Paris Incident that's on the SWV tape skips that prologue. Because of that, we don't really get an introduction to Argoman, and when he shows up, quite a ways into the film's running time, it's a bit of a surprise.

Jack J said...

I see. Thanks. :D

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