Giallo Book Update



I have contributed to a new Spanish language book on Italian giallo films. Giallo: crimen sexualidad y estilo en el cine de género italiano (Giallo: Crime, Sexuality and Style in Italian Genre Cinema) is the latest publication from Buenos Aires-based Colectivo Rutemberg (Rutemberg Collective), a multidisciplinary group of artists, journalists, academics and writers dedicated to the creation of audio-visual and journalistic content. This publication, which features work from over 20 authors from Latin America and Europe, is particularly unique as it is the first ever Latin American book solely dedicated to Italian genre cinema, with a specific focus on the giallo.

Edited by Natalio Pagés, Álvaro Bretal & Carlos Pagés, Giallo: crimen sexualidad y estilo en el cine de género italiano features content on many of the filmmakers who are renowned for their contributions to the giallo: there are essays on the work of Dario Argento, Sergio Martino, Lucio Fulci, Luciano Ercoli, Mario Bava, Luigi Bazzoni, Aldo Lado and more. The book also looks at the history and development of the giallo, from its literary beginnings and early influences, its main characteristics, themes, content and style, to the role of politics, sexual theory and the Gothic. There is also fresh and exciting content focusing on recent variations of the giallo covering the years 1976-2000, and 2001-2018.

My contributions include an essay on Argento’s ‘meta’ giallo Tenebrae (1982), and an interview I conducted with the director back in 2010 (which I was unable to include in my own book on his work due to pesky deadlines and word counts), which was facilitated and translated by Francesca Brazzorotto.

With Giallo: crimen sexualidad y estilo en el cine de género italiano, Colectivo Rutemberg have made an important contribution to the study of Italian genre cinema, and the dissemination of fresh critical analysis of the giallo, which, at present, is the subject of a very limited bibliography in the Spanish language (the only other Spanish language book specifically dedicated to analysing the giallo was published in Spain in 2001 and is currently out of print).

For further information about Colectivo Rutemberg, go here.

To purchase a copy of the book, go here.

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