La Dolce morta
Space, modernity and the giallo
Mikel J Koven argues for the Italian giallo tradition as a "cinema of ambivalence; specifically, ambivalence towards modernity." His discussion highlights the giallo's fluctuating, often contradictory takes on language, on modernity's creature comforts, on its breaking down of geographic boundaries and on "modernity's pluralism and the changing social and cultural mores."
Nazis over Nuremberg
La Vergine di Norimberga
(The Virgin of Nuremberg, 1964)
Christopher Dietrich sings the praises and reveals the anti-fascist message lying at the heart of Antonio Margheriti's classic of Italian gothic horror, La Vergine di Norimberga
The Shadow Destroyers
Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow's
L'ultimo uomo della Terra
(The Last Man on Earth, 1964)
James Iaccino here uses a central Jungian archetype to shed new light on an oft-overlooked Italian/US adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend, starring none other than Vincent Price.
When sex and death
L'Orribile segreto del dottor Hichcock
(The Horrible Secret of Dr Hichcock, 1962)
David Del Valle disects Dr Hichcock's horrible secret in this
entertaining look at Riccardo Freda's Italian gothic masterpiece.
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