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Andreas Ehrenreich

Contexts of the giallo: Distribution and Reception of a Popular Film Cycle


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Outline of research project

In the 1970s Italian popular cinema comprised many different film cycles. The giallo, a thriller genre that especially flourished from 1970 to 1975, was one of the most successful manifestations of the national lowbrow film boom. Many of these films have not been accessible for decades, but have been rediscovered through extensive DVD republications in the 2000s. Until now, research on the giallo has focused on the film texts. This study, however, concentrates on the genre’s contextual aspects that have largely been ignored so far. On the basis of a wide array of paratextual documents, the dissertation will explore the giallo’s production culture, marketing strategies and reception through film criticism at length.

Key References

CALDWELL, John Thornton (2008). Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television. Durham, Duke University Press.

NOWELL, Richard (2011). Blood Money: A History of the First Teen Slasher Film Cycle. New York, Continuum.

SCHEINPFLUG, Peter (2014). Formelkino. Medienwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Genre-Theorie und den Giallo. Bielefeld, transcript.

Director of studies
Dr Sheldon Hall

Professor Matthew Pateman
Dr Suzanne Speidel

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