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10-24-2001, 10:09 AM
could someone explain to me the meaning of " gialli ".
i want to know the entire thing about it.
10-24-2001, 12:05 PM
Back in the 50's, in Italy, books of Agatha Christe and other writters in that style, where very popular.
Mystery novels, you know?
Well, they were printed on a very cheap paper that gave them a yellowish look.
Giallo means Yellow in italian.
So, basically, Giallo is "who-dunnit" in Italian!
The whole giallo thing started officially with Dario Argento who defined the giallo-genre with his Bird With The Crystal Plumage, taking the best elements from Mario Bava and having them mixed with his own personal style.
I hope that helped you a bit. Anyone wants to add anything?
The explanation chaostar gave is correct.
10-24-2001, 02:16 PM
They probably reached they're fruition with Bird but 1960's also saw Mario Bava doing 'Blood and Black Lace', a stylistic paradigm if ever there was one: black gloves and all.
And I guess that -- even though they're not reffered to as 'gialli' -- all of those funky German Edgar Wallace mysteries from the 40's + 50's were a building block to what Argento and his brethren would spewa all over the latter half of the century. Argento, in particular, cites Conan Doyle and Wallace as huge influences on his narratives.
Has anyone ever checked out any Masimo Dallamamo gialli ? In particular I'd recommend 'The Cats Victims' and 'Blood stained Shadow' but there are others I haven't caught up with yet. They came out on the Redemption label in England and are due for international DVD release soon Im sure....
10-24-2001, 07:00 PM
The covers of those Italian thriller novellas were also yellow, "giallo."
The recent documentaries on Bava and Argento (from Image) show those quite nicely and discuss the history of the giallo genre.
Tim Lucas notes that the first film giallo could be "The Telephone," the first in the three tales of Bava's "Black Sabbath."
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