Day of the Giallo: An Investigation into the Cinema of Seductive Cruelty.
Outlandish titles, outrageous outfits, atonal lounge music and a surfeit of skin abound in an all day event that explodes the history of Italy’s most seductive cinematic export – the giallo. These kinky murder mysteries swept the continent in the early ‘70s, feeding the audience’s accelerating thirst for sex and violence with an unrestrained diet of sensuality, style and death.
From the sadistic overdrive of ‘Blood and Black Lace’ (’64), to the perceptual puzzle of ‘The Bird With the Crystal Plumage’ (’70) and finally to the salacious sexploitation of ‘Strip Nude For Your Killer’ (’75), we cast a voyeuristic eye over a ten year period that spans the ‘boom and bust’ of Italian genre cinema and attempt to untangle the strands of this labyrinthine filone.
Expect a wealth of specially created Filmbar70 material and partake in the twisted giallo sounds of El Diabolik and his World of Psychotronic Soundtracks…
Blood and Black Lace (’64)
A seminal series of violent vignettes linked by all manner of racy malarkey at a high couture fashion house, Mario Bava’s blackly comic descent into fumetti sadism set the visual template for the giallo and remains as shocking now as it was back in the day.
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (’70)
Master of the filone, Dario Argento’s audacious debut cemented the giallo in the minds of the populous. As sharp as the killer’s blade, this clinical investigation into derangement exploded the filone.
Strip Nude For Your Killer (’75)
A prime cut of super sleaze that raises more than an eyebrow, Andrea Bianchi’s unhinged blood and breasts bombast reveals the extent that sex and nudity had saturated continental cinema of the mid ‘70s. Joyfully juvenile and delightfully trashy, ‘Strip Nude’ showcases the impossible (and often disrobed) beauty of the queen of giallo herself, the divine Edwige Fenech.