Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Nuovo Argento

An apparently misleading trailer for Dario Argento's latest knickers n' knives flick; word is Giallo skews further into pastiche than this shiny DV Horror reel would suggest. Slightly unfortunate given the definitive article title - Giallo is a term that has come to define late twentieth century Italian genre film making, usually denoting mystery, horror or erotic elements. Giallo, meaning yellow, derives its name from cheapy amber-bound thriller paperbacks published by the Mondadori publishing house in the late 1920s. Setting aside post padding grumbles, why shouldn't a director's authoritative take on the queasy genre he helped create include a satirical slant? That's post-modernity for you!

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