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Il thrilling Italiano:: Opening up the giallo
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Cinema Studies.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is a conscious attempt at opening up the discussion on the Italian giallo film of the 1960’s & 1970’s. Part of its mission is examine views and writings currently available on the giallo and using these to analyse the body of films known as the giallo. It is also an attempt at the generic definition seeing the giallo as a series of thriller films according to Tzvetan Todorov’s model and in depth discussing the influence of the horror story and the whodunit. Beyond that it is a close look upon the form and devices of giallo narration, with focus upon the role of the eyewitness, focalization and point of view as first person narration. The study also traces the giallo’s influences interdisciplinary including placing it in the cultural context of the Italian adult comics known as fumetti neri. The study also includes a close look upon the idea of the eroticised violent set piece tracing it to the French theatre of horror – the Grand Guignol. Furthermore the study addresses the concept of seriality as understood in reference to the giallo. Finally the study examines the role of the giallo hero and suggests that the giallo is posing existential questions, and can be understood as existential suspense thrillers. The findings are exemplified through a wide scope of films including brief references and longer analytic examples elaborating on topical discussions in this developing field of study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
giallo, fumetti, thriller, horror, whodunit, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Aldo Lado, Luciano Ercoli, Giuliano Carnimeo.
National Category
Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7035OAI: diva2:197509
Available from: 2007-08-27 Created: 2007-08-27Bibliographically approved

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