(1974) 89 Min. Sergio Garrone directs Klaus Kinski in this Italian horror film with its deliberately misspelled title [aka, “La mano che nutre la morte,” aka, “The Hand That Feeds the Dead,” aka “Evil Force”]. Every time Kinski bites into a dolcetto, his hair frizzles brighter red and his nails and teeth grow. In exquisite Gallo tradition, he leapfrogs about, chasing the blond model virgin through the Piedmont region of Northwest Italy.
Nihilism is the God of Nature, brutal,
indifferent as an aria in a Verdi opera,
in each blush an aurora, too precious
to feed my dogs,
skinned as a gift to my wife.
My scalpel loves your lips.
Soon another will use them to kiss me,
a peach-blossom without shame,
rewarding me for my surgeon’s mastery.
Let’s keep it in the family.
helps blood pressure rise, beakers
raise wounds to be cured
by electricity, the new crackling
for a modem resurrection.
Love is vivisection — leg, arm, face
peeled back ever so slowly — so as to love
all the more.
Only a tuning fork
can pull the enraptured back
and let you escape into my lair.
Let me take a closer look at you
as you run down endless corridors
in romance, pulse quickening, terrified
someone might hold you accountable
for what you desire,
but here it is
beyond your wildest fear.
“One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.” —Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog’s ‘Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes’ (1972)
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