Giallo!: Genre, Modernity, and Detection in Italian Horror Cinema


English | ISBN: 1438480334 | 2020 | 184 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon.

Italian giallo films have a peculiar allure. Taking their name from the Italian for “yellow”― reflecting the covers of pulp crime novels―these genre movies were principally produced between 1960 and the late 1970s. These cinematic hybrids of crime, horror, and detection are characterized by elaborate set-piece murders, lurid aesthetics, and experimental soundtracks. Using critical frameworks drawn from genre theory, reception studies, and cultural studies, traces this historically marginalized genre’s journey from Italian cinemas to the global cult-film canon. Through close textual analysis of films including (1963), (1964), (1970), (1971), and (1972), Alexia Kannas considers the rendering of urban space in the giallo and how it expresses a complex and unsettling critique of late modernity.
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