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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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Enter … If You Dare! The Cross-cultural Reception of Crime Filoni

Enter … If You Dare! The Cross-cultural Reception of Crime Filoni

(p.148) Chapter 5 Enter … If You Dare! The Cross-cultural Reception of Crime Filoni
Blood in the Streets

Austin Fisher

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers how discourses around Italian crime films' releases developed in two specific markets: those of Italy and the USA, examining how their differing distribution patterns across these markets resulted in contrasting promotional strategies and critical discourses. Through a wide-ranging survey of newspaper film reviews and publicity campaigns, the chapter charts a marked contrast between the two reception contexts, illustrating the centrality of 'serial' repetition to an understanding of these films' significance in their place of origin. When the films were removed from the concentrated production and release patterns of the Italian filone system, their status as innately serial artefacts failed to register, rendering them laughable peculiarities rather than culturally familiar rituals.

Keywords:   Filone cinema, Cross-cultural reception, Publicity materials, Serial repetition

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