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- DescriptionWith the exception of die-hard aficionados of European or Italian horror cinema, most people may t have heard of giallo cinema or have seen many films in this subgenre of horror. Most academic film studies tend to igre horror cinema in general and the giallo specifically. Critics often deride these films, which reveal more about the reviewers' own prejudices than any problem with the works themselves. As a counter to such biases, Mikel J. Koven argues for an alternative approach to studying these films, by approaching them as vernacular cinema-distinct from popular cinema. According to Koven, to look at a film from a vernacular perspective removes the assumptions about what constitutes a good film and how a particular film is in some way artistic. In La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film, Koven explores the history and evolution of this aspect of cinema, and places these films within the context of Italian popular filmmaking. He addresses various themes, motifs, and tropes in these films: their use of space, the murders, the role of the detective, the identity of the killer, issues of belief, excess, and the set-piece.
- Author BiographyMikel J. Koven is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Worcester. He is the author of Blaxploitation Films (2001) and Films, Folklore and Urban Legends (Scarecrow, 2007).
- Author(s)Mikel J. Koven
- PublisherScarecrow Press
- Date of Publication02/10/2006
- SubjectHandicrafts, Arts & Crafts
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintScarecrow Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight299 g
- Width154 mm
- Height233 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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