Italian Gothic Horror Films 1970 1979

Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476664699
Release Date: 2017-09-07
Genre: Performing Arts

Italian Gothic horror films of the 1970s were influenced by the violent giallo movies and adults-only comics of the era, resulting in a graphic approach to the genre. Stories often featured over-the-top violence and nudity and pushed the limits of what could be shown on the screen. The decade marked the return of specialist directors like Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda and Antonio Margheriti, and the emergence of new talents such as Pupi Avati (The House with the Laughing Windows) and Francesco Barilli (The Perfume of the Lady in Black). The author examines the Italian Gothic horror of the period, providing previously unpublished details and production data taken from official papers, original scripts and interviews with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors. Entries include complete cast and crew lists, plot summaries, production history and analysis. An appendix covers Italian made-for-TV films and mini-series.

Italian Crime Filmography 1968 1980

Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476612089
Release Date: 2013-10-22
Genre: Performing Arts

In 1970s Italy, after the decline of the Spaghetti Western, crime films became the most popular, profitable and controversial genre. In a country plagued with violence, political tensions and armed struggle, these films managed to capture the anxiety and anger of the times in their tales of tough cops, ruthless criminals and urban paranoia. Recent years have seen renewed critical interest in the genre, thanks in part to such illustrious fans as Quentin Tarantino. This book examines all of the 220+ crime films produced in Italy between 1968 and 1980, the period when the genre first appeared and grew to its peak. Entries include a complete cast and crew list, home video releases, a plot summary and the author's own analysis. Excerpts from a variety of sources are included: academic texts, contemporary reviews, and interviews with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors. There are many onset stills and film posters.

Italian Horror

Author: Jim Harper
Publisher:
ISBN: 1887664556
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Horror films


Mavericks of Italian Cinema

Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476672427
Release Date: 2018-05-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

 The history of Italian cinema includes, in addition to the renowned auteurs, a number of peculiar and lesser-known filmmakers. While their artistry was often plagued with production setbacks, their works--influenced by poetry, playwriting, advertising, literature, comics and a nonconformist, sometimes antagonistic attitude--were original and thought provoking. Drawing from official papers and original scripts, this book includes much previously unpublished information on the works and lives of post-World War II filmmakers Pier Carpi, Alberto Cavallone, Riccardo Ghione, Giulio Questi, Brunello Rondi, Paolo Spinola, Augusto Tretti and Nello Vegezzi.

Perverse Titillation

Author: Danny Shipka
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786486090
Release Date: 2011-06-14
Genre: Performing Arts

"The exploitation film industry of Italy, Spain and France during the height of its popularity from 1960 to 1980 is the focus of this entertaining history. The Eurocult phenomenon is examined in relation to the influences that European culture and environment have had on the world of exploitation cinema"--

Horror Films of the 1970s

Author: John Kenneth Muir
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786491566
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Performing Arts

"Independent filmmaker and horror-film scholar John Kenneth Muir says, 'Art does not exist in a vacuum. Instead, it is inexorably bound to the time period from which it sprang.' In his entertaining and scholarly filmography of over 200 films arranged by year, Muir sees the historical and social happenings of the 1970s as giving rise to the unusually high number of groundbreaking horror films of the decade, as well as the more routine ones. Following a general introduction, Muir provides a synopsis and commentary, a list of cast and crew, significant quotations by critics for each motion picture as well as by participants in the film's making when available, and stills for selected films. Interesting appendixes, notes, a bibliography, and an index are included."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003.

Riccardo Freda

Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476628387
Release Date: 2017-03-13
Genre: Performing Arts

In an eclectic career spanning four decades, Italian director Riccardo Freda (1909–1999) produced films of remarkable technical skill and powerful visual style, including the swashbuckler Black Eagle (1946), an adaptation of Les Miserables (1947), the peplum Theodora, Slave Empress (1954) and a number of cult-favorite Gothic and horror films such as I Vampiri (1957), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) and The Ghost (1963). Freda was first championed in the 1960s by French critics who labeled him “the European Raoul Walsh,” and enjoyed growing critical esteem over the years. This book covers his life and career for the first time in English, with detailed analyses of his films and exclusive interviews with his collaborators and family.

Italian Horror Cinema

Author: Stefano Baschiera
Publisher:
ISBN: 0748693521
Release Date: 2016-06-28
Genre:

Covering the fundamental aspects of Italian horror cinema and written by experts in the field, this book engages with the genres transnational form of production and distribution, critical reception, relationship between horror and Italian art cinema, use of sound and legacy. Case studies include 'The Girl Who Knew Too Much' (1963), 'Zombie 2' (1973), 'Deep Red' (1975), 'The Stendhal Syndrome' (1996), 'The Last House in the Woods' (2006) and 'Bay of Blood' (1971).

Mexploitation Cinema

Author: Doyle Greene
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476600727
Release Date: 2005-08-15
Genre: Performing Arts

Thanks in large part to an exploitation film producer and distributor named K. Gordon Murray, a unique collection of horror films from Mexico began to appear on American late-night television and drive-in screens in the 1960s. Ranging from monster movies clearly owing to the heyday of Universal Studios to the lucha libre horror films featuring El Santo and the "Wrestling Women," these low-budget "Mexploitation" films offer plenty of campy fun and still inspire cult devotion, yet they also reward close study in surprising ways. This work places Mexploitation films in their historical and cultural context and provides close textual readings of a representative sample, showing how they can be seen as important documents in the cultural debate over Mexico's past, present and future. Stills accompany the text, and a selected filmography and bibliography complete the volume.

Rape Revenge Films

Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786486922
Release Date: 2011-05-26
Genre: Performing Arts

Often considered the lowest depth to which the cinema can plummet, the rape-revenge film has been dismissed as exploitative and sensational, catering to a demented demographic. Only on such rare occasions as Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, John Boorman’s Deliverance and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof has the rape-revenge movie transcended what is commonly assumed to be its intrinsically exploitative nature and moved into the mainstream. This critical overview reassesses that viewpoint by exploring a variety of themes, as well as the elements that this type of film has in common. The author discusses an array of films directed by noteworthy directors from several countries, demonstrating that diverse and often contradictory treatments of sexual violence can exist simultaneously.

Klaus Kinski Beast of Cinema

Author: Matthew Edwards
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786498970
Release Date: 2016-07-22
Genre: Performing Arts

With more than 130 films and a career spanning four decades, Klaus Kinski (1926-1991) was one of the most controversial actors of his generation. Known for his wild tantrums on set and his legendary collaborations with auteur Werner Herzog--Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)--Kinski's intense performances made him the darling of European arthouse and exploitation/horror cinema. A genius in front of the camera, he was capable of lighting up the most risible films. Yet behind his public persona lurked a depraved man who took his art to the darkest extremes. This first ever collection of essays focusing on Kinski examines his work in exploitation and art house films and spaghetti westerns, along with his performances in such cult classics as Doctor Zhivago (1965), Crawlspace (1986), Venus in Furs (1965), The Great Silence (1968), Android (1982) and his only directorial credit, Paganini (1989). More than 50 reviews of Kinski's films are included, along with exclusive interviews with filmmakers and actors who worked with him.

Erotic Horror Films of The 1970s

Author: Jon Abbott
Publisher:
ISBN: 1986273520
Release Date: 2018-03-09
Genre:

126 pages / adult content / predominantly color Some of the weirdest and most wonderful erotic horror films flourished in the 1970s, some of them genuinely of artistic stature, some of them sleazy and silly... but they were all uniquely unusual one-offs that received a second life during the video and DVD era. In this edition of the ongoing Naked Pulp Specials, Erotic Horror offers up a parade of vampires, witches, werewolves, and other weirdies, along with their helpless victims, all still out there to be chased up before they start chasing you...! See how good horror films could be before the paint-by-numbers age of today in this light-hearted but fact-filled lurch into the night... A Bonus feature looks at the vintage pulp mag covers and movie posters from an earlier era when all that was allowed was a low-cut dress and a bit of leg on display... even if the girl in question wasn't in the actual movie! The trashy pulp-flavored art was wonderful. But the films of the 1970s offered sights that couldn't even be shown on the advertising material... The text used in this book previously appeared as a part of my best-selling 700 page tome, Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s (2015), also available on Amazon...

Mavericks of Italian Cinema

Author: Roberto Curti
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476672427
Release Date: 2018-05-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

 The history of Italian cinema includes, in addition to the renowned auteurs, a number of peculiar and lesser-known filmmakers. While their artistry was often plagued with production setbacks, their works--influenced by poetry, playwriting, advertising, literature, comics and a nonconformist, sometimes antagonistic attitude--were original and thought provoking. Drawing from official papers and original scripts, this book includes much previously unpublished information on the works and lives of post-World War II filmmakers Pier Carpi, Alberto Cavallone, Riccardo Ghione, Giulio Questi, Brunello Rondi, Paolo Spinola, Augusto Tretti and Nello Vegezzi.

Universal Terrors 1951 1955

Author: Tom Weaver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786436149
Release Date: 2017-09-15
Genre: Performing Arts

"[Weaver is] one of the leading scholars in the horror field"--New York Times "[Weaver is] the king of the monster hunters"--USA Today “[Weaver is] one of our foremost fantasy film historians"--Sight & Sound. Universal Studios created the first cinematic universe of monsters--Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and others became household names during the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1950s, more modern monsters were created for the Atomic Age, including one-eyed globs from outer space, mutants from the planet Metaluna, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the 100-foot high horror known as Tarantula. This over-the-top history is the definitive retrospective on Universal's horror and science fiction movies of 1951-1955. Standing as a sequel to Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas's Universal Horrors (Second Edition, 2007), it covers eight films: The Strange Door, The Black Castle, It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, Revenge of the Creature, Cult of the Cobra and Tarantula. Each receives a richly detailed critical analysis, day-by-day production history, interviews with filmmakers, release information, an essay on the score, and many photographs, including rare behind-the-scenes shots.

Film Noir Guide

Author: Michael F. Keaney
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786491551
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Genre: Performing Arts

More than 700 films from the classic period of film noir (1940 to 1959) are presented in this exhaustive reference book—such films as The Accused, Among the Living, The Asphalt Jungle, Baby Face Nelson, Bait, The Beat Generation, Crossfire, Dark Passage, I Walk Alone, The Las Vegas Story, The Naked City, Strangers on a Train, White Heat, and The Window. For each film, the following information is provided: the title, release date, main performers, screenwriter(s), director(s), type of noir, thematic content, a rating based on the five-star system, and a plot synopsis that does not reveal the ending.