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Film Poster of the Week: Giallo Restorations on the Quad on Pocket book

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Above: Italian poster for The Possessed [La donna del lago] (Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini, Italy, 1965). Artist: Piero Iaia.

Beginning subsequent Friday, the Quad Cinema in New York is taking part in six newly restored Italian gialli in “Contemporary Meat: Giallo Restorations Half II,” a follow-up to final fall’s “Perversion Tales: A Fistful of Giallo Restorations.” Titles are crucial in Italy’s giallo style, the extra baroque and evocative the higher, like “Forbidden Photographs of a Girl Above Suspicion” and “The Iguana with the Tongue of Hearth.” The Italian phrase for “yellow,” the time period giallo was initially utilized in post-war Italy to indicate pulp fiction thriller novels with yellow paperback covers. Inside Italy at this time the time period giallo in cinema refers to any thriller or homicide thriller, however within the English-speaking world giallo has come to refer solely to the Italian horror-thriller style which had its heyday within the late ’60s and ’70s. 

The posters for the 5 movies within the collection, particularly the Italian ones, are as darkish and lurid as you would possibly anticipate, although I’ve offered them in chronological order so that you could see how they turned much less refined and extra sensational as time went on. Because the Quad’s programmers write: “Gialli serve up lip-smacking and lipstick-smearing blends of baroque imagery, Euro stylish, stalking and voyeurism, bedrooms as sensual refuge and killing floor, gloved arms wielding lethal weapons, ill-advised couplings, and lurid bloody violence.”

Above: US one sheet for One on High of the Different aka Perversion Story [Una sull’altra] (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1969).

Above: Italian posters for One on High of the Different aka Perversion Story [Una sull’altra] (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1969).

Above: Italian poster for Forbidden Photographs of a Girl Above Suspicion [Le foto proibite di una signora per bene] (Luciano Ercoli, Italy, 1970).

Above: Italian poster for The Iguana with the Tongue of Hearth [L’Iguana dalla lingua di fuoco] (Riccardo Freda, Italy, 1970). Artist: Renato Casaro.

Above: Italian poster for The Fifth Wire [Giornata nera per l’ariete] (Luigi Bazzoni, Italy, 1971). Artist: Ermanno Iaia.

Above: Japanese poster for The Fifth Wire [Giornata nera per l’ariete] (Luigi Bazzoni, Italy, 1971).

Above: Italian poster for Strip Nude for Your Killer [Nude per l’assassino] (Andrea Bianchi, Italy, 1975).

“Contemporary Meat: Giallo Restorations Half II” runs July 19 – 25, 2019 at New York’s Quad Cinema.


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