Archive for gialli

Berberian at the Gates

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by dcairns

Keywords like “giallo”, “audio recording” and “birdwatcher” may call to mind BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, but they also fit neatly with today’s entry (the penultimate?) in my series Forgotten Gialli over at The Daily Notebook. Thanks to ExperimentoFilm for suggesting this obscure, low-budget but novel and striking movie.

Also: another MURDER, MY SWEET limerick.

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The Screaming Krimi

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2009 by dcairns

Opening titles of Edgar Wallace-derived krimi DER HEXER, directed Alfred “DEAD EYES OF LONDON” Vohrer. One the one habd, I find krimi a lot more charming and less skin-crawling than gialli, their Italian cousins. Somehow, the Germans, perhaps having gotten all their misanthropy out during the war, are much less appalling and creepy than the Italians when it comes to making sinister and nonsensical crime shockers. On the other hand, the lack of that element of malaise can sometimes make the krimi seem a bit flat compared to the more bracingly scabrous, woman-hating world of the gialli.

Four Veils for a Frigid Corpse

Posted in FILM with tags , on October 5, 2008 by dcairns

Rare Lubitsch film discovered in Milanese tree hollow!

Looking through the vid-stores of Milan, in search of novelties to take home, my brain reeled and spasmed with joy at the many and varied titles. In Italy, John Huston’s HEAVEN KNOWS, MR ALLISON is known as THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH. With Robert Mitchum as The Flesh! How marvellous. And then there were the Italian films, many of them unknown to me. Here are a few I spotted:

APOSTLES WITH INKY SPATS

NO SCALLOPS FOR THE LADY IN GREEN

SWEET NIGHT OF THE BLOODY CHAMPION

A HARD MAN FOR A DOLLAR

RUSTY INFERNO

THREE SWINE IN A GLASS COFFIN

IF YOU SEE CANTATA, SHIT… THEN DIE!

DON’T BE UNKIND TO A SAPLING

LAST BULLET FOR A YELLOW FROG

FORBIDDEN MIMEOGRAPHS OF A CITIZEN BENEATH CONTEMPT

OK… I may have invented one or two of those.

From CORPUS DELECTI IS STILL MY NAME.