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ITALIAN CINEMA

 

DIABOLIKA
264 pages, 8.5x11
full color
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 Since their heyday, comics (or fumetti as they are called in Italy) had a vital part in Italy’s culture and morality, and they even helped break boundaries. That was the case with the so-called “fumetti neri,” such as DIABOLIK, KRIMINAL, SATANIK, and many others that caused a sensation in the early-to-mid-1960s. Similarly, in the late 1960s the adults-only comics paved the way for a more explicit depiction of eroticism, while the 1980s saw the commercial exploitation of underground comics as well as popular genre ones, such as DYLAN DOG.
DIABOLIKA lists the Italian films and TV series based on (or inspired by) comics, graphic novels and photonovels, as well as those movies that, even though not directly adapted from them, sport a distinct comics feel in style, characters and plot. It includes the 1960s adaptations of the lurid “fumetti neri” such as DANGER: DIABOLIK, the two KRIMINAL movies, AVENGER X and SATANIK; the comic-inspired superheroes SUPERARGO, FLASHMAN, THE THREE FANTASTIC SUPERMEN; films based on erotic and adults-only comics including MS. STILETTO; adaptations of popular comic characters such as VALENTINA, TEX and DYLAN DOG and many, many more. It also includes an essay on Turkish films inspired by Italian comics, by Turkish film scholar Kaya Özkaracalar.
The book is lavishly illustrated in color with many rare set stills, lobby cards, poster art and comic book panels.

 

 

 

 

So Deadly, So Perverse Vol 1Retail Price $45
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Beginning with the release of Mario Bava's THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH in 1963, Italian filmmakers developed and perfected their own peculiar brand of mystery-thriller known as the giallo. Named after the yellow (giallo in Italian) covers of the murder mysteries published by Mondadori, the giallo is awash in fetishistic imagery. For many fans, these films—popularized in the works by writer-director Dario Argento, whose name is synonymous with the genre, thanks to such films as THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and DEEP RED—focus on stylized images of violent death: killers dressed in black stalking glamorous-looking victims through baroque architecture, literally painting the walls red with their blood. This is only one aspect of the giallo, however. With their groovy soundtracks by legendary composers like Ennio Morricone and Stelvio Cipriani and glamorous damsels-in-distress like Edwige Fenech, Rosalba Neri and Asia Argento, these films offer a heady mixture of sex, horror and suspense; at their best, they took excess to a hypnotic level.
Troy Howarth, the author of THE HAUNTED WORLD OF MARIO BAVA and the co-author of the up-coming THE TOME OF TERROR series, examines the genre from its inception through its inevitable decline. Covering everything from popular fan favorites by the likes of Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento to lesser-known gems by Cesare Canevari, Massimo Dallamano and Paolo Cavara as well as the worst of the worst by the least inspired of hacks, SO DEADLY, SO PERVERSE provides an in-depth examination of a genre that has too often been marginalized in other studies of the horror film and the thriller. In addition to reviews of every giallo made between 1963 and 2013, this two-part study of the giallo—with volume two (covering 1974 onwards) coming later in the year—is also lavishly illustrated with rare and colorful stills and poster art.

 

 

So Deadly, So Preverse Vol 2


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SO DEADLY SO PERVERSE—The Italian thriller, known as the giallo to its hardcore devotees, is a breed of mystery thriller like none other. Taking inspiration from the Edgar Wallace krimis and early, seminal works by auteurs like Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang, these colorful and labyrinthine shockers pushed the envelope of good taste in the 1960s and exploded into glorious excess throughout the 1970s and ’80s. Author Troy Howarth explores the genesis of the genre and traces it to its eventual decline in this two-volume study. Each title is afforded its own in-depth review, replete with contextual information and biographical data on key players in front of and behind the camera. Volume two, covers 1974 to 2013.

SPLINTERED VISIONS

COLOR edition $75
sale price $45

  B&W edition $55,
sale price $18


Lucio Fulci conjures images of gore and depravity.Derided by critics as a hack and an imitator and lionized by others as the “Godfatherof Gore,” Fulci remains a polarizing and controversial figure. However, many fans are unaware of the scope and breadth of his filmography. From his early days writing material for popular comics like Totò and Franco and Ciccio to directing films in such genres as the musical and the Spaghetti Western, Lucio Fulci was a filmmaker of great diversity. When he attained international notoriety with the release of his gory epic ZOMBIE, Fulci already had years of experience in the film industry; that film’s success established him as one of Italy’s premier masters of the macabre and he would continue to shock and delight fans until shrinking budgets and failing health began to compromise some of his later work. When he died in 1996, he was on the cusp of a major comeback, but in the years following his death the cult surrounding his legacy has continued to grow. Unfortunately, most studies of Fulci and his work have elected to focus only on a small part of his career. SPLINTERED VISIONS changes all of that by providing an in-depth exploration of Fulci’s filmography, beginning with his work as a screenwriter and extending through all of his films as a director. The popular horror films and thrillers are given ample coverage, but the lesser-known works are finally put into their proper context. Author Howarth provides a detailed portrait of a complex man using newly conducted interviews with actors such as Richard Johnson and Franco Nero, which allows the reader a sense of who
the director was and how he worked. The end result is the most comprehensive overview of Fulci, the man and Fulci, the filmmaker that has been published in English—making SPLINTERED VISIONS a cause for celebration among serious Fulci fans. The book is also lavishly illustrated with a number of rare stills, posters and advertising materials.