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Blood in the StreetsHistories of Violence in Italian Crime Cinema$
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Austin Fisher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411721

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411721.001.0001

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Serial Killing and the Giallo

Serial Killing and the Giallo

(p.114) Chapter 4 Serial Killing and the Giallo
Blood in the Streets

Austin Fisher

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter analyses films connected through their depiction of serial killing in contemporary Italy, which are usually categorised within the giallo filone. These are shown to demonstrate a variety of ways in which filone cinema was characterised by tensions between cosmopolitanism and parochialism, in turn providing further insights into how particular filoni sought to capitalise on a preoccupation with the recent past. The giallo's broader obsessions with past traumas, fragmented memories and the unravelling of supposed facts are thus placed in the contexts of Italy's contested recent past, illuminating the extent to which wartime memory weighed heavily on the 1970s present.

Keywords:   Giallo, Serial killer films, Cosmopolitanism, Parochialism

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