The Giallo Canvas

Art, Excess and Horror Cinema

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About the Book

Beloved among cult horror devotees for its signature excesses of sex and violence, Italian giallo cinema is marked by switchblades, mysterious killers, whisky bottles and poetically overinflated titles. A growing field of English-language giallo studies has focused on aspects of production, distribution and reception. This volume explores an overlooked yet prevalent element in some of the best known gialli—an obsession with art and artists in creative production, with a particular focus on painting. The author explores the appearance and significance of art objects across the masterworks of such filmmakers as Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi, Michele Soavi, Mario Bava and his son Lamberto.

About the Author(s)

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas is a film critic, academic and author of eight books on cult, exploitation and horror film.

Bibliographic Details

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7539-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4076-1
Imprint: McFarland