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Title: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: smileysmile18 on 13 Jan 2010 - 11:53
Just a heads up guys, this book is currently £4 brand new on amazon.co.uk. It normally retails for between £20 - £40. I ordered it about a month ago. It was out of stock, but they just sent me a confirmation saying that it is being posted and it's still at the price of £4, so if it's a pricing mistake, they've not noticed.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 11:59
Cheers, it says "temporarily out of stock" but i ordered it anyway just in case.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: smileysmile18 on 13 Jan 2010 - 12:09
Yeah, it said that when I ordered it, but it looks like they got in one copy for me. Give it a couple weeks, I'm sure you'll get one.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 12:23
I started reading this probably three years ago now and must say, it's the only book in as long as I care to remember that I didn't finish. I must try and dig it out and have another go...
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 12:23
Just bought it!  ;D
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:22
I started reading this probably three years ago now and must say, it's the only book in as long as I care to remember that I didn't finish.

Same here! I was going to sell it on eBay recently but when I saw how cheap it was on Amazon I figured it wasn't worth it.

Be interested to see what you make of it Aarron.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:24
I started reading this probably three years ago now and must say, it's the only book in as long as I care to remember that I didn't finish. I must try and dig it out and have another go...

It is quite hard work to get through, probably doesn't help that I didn't go to university and I'm not used to the style of writing he uses. Or perhaps I'm just plain thick.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:30
I'm reading a book from 91 about Argento. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, but it's the same. Very hard to glimpse at, I try to read as much as I can in one sitting otherwise I take in nothing.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:31
Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds is a piece of piss compared to La Dolce Morte.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:33
I'm reading a book from 91 about Argento. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, but it's the same. Very hard to glimpse at, I try to read as much as I can in one sitting otherwise I take in nothing.

...by Maitland McDonagh. That's a really good book and when I bought it (back in 1994) was the only book devoted to Argento that I could find.

I never went to Uni either, Kev. It's not so much the vocab that was off-putting, it was Koven's generally dry writing style that I found dull.

Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:33
I started reading this probably three years ago now and must say, it's the only book in as long as I care to remember that I didn't finish.

Same here! I was going to sell it on eBay recently but when I saw how cheap it was on Amazon I figured it wasn't worth it.

Be interested to see what you make of it Aarron.
Is it not all that then?

can't go wrong for £4 i suppose.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:34
Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds is a piece of piss compared to La Dolce Morte.
Oh..... i thought that was quite heavy reading
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:35
I started reading this probably three years ago now and must say, it's the only book in as long as I care to remember that I didn't finish.

Same here! I was going to sell it on eBay recently but when I saw how cheap it was on Amazon I figured it wasn't worth it.

Be interested to see what you make of it Aarron.
Is it not all that then?

can't go wrong for £4 i suppose.

I read a good few chapters and will say that there's a lot of background information about the distribution of the films that was really quite interesting. I would say it's worth £4 for that alone.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:40

It is quite hard work to get through, probably doesn't help that I didn't go to university and I'm not used to the style of writing he uses. Or perhaps I'm just plain thick.

Haha! Same here, took me until I was half way through to fully understand what 'vernacular' actually meant. I'd never heard of the word before I'd read that book and didn't think to look up what it meant until I'd read half of it.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:49
I had no problem with the word vernacular, it's a word I frequently drop into conversation to make myself appear cleverer more clever. The context he kept using it in was fucking with my brain though.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:55
I find it hard to read, not so much vocab wise (I do a Jack Dee with the big words), but more in the sense that it is dry. I can't read a couple of pages like a fab press book and then put it down as i'm busy, if i do that I gain very little.

However, I have learned so far that Argento wanted various Beatle members to be in one of his early films and rather than Goblin he wanted Deep Purple. Voila.  :P
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:56
ver⋅nac⋅u⋅lar -still don't make much sense


adjective
1.    (of language) native or indigenous (opposed to literary or learned ).
2.    expressed or written in the native language of a place, as literary works: a vernacular poem.
3.    using such a language: a vernacular speaker.
4.    of or pertaining to such a language.
5.    using plain, everyday, ordinary language.
6.    of, pertaining to, or characteristic of architectural vernacular.
7.    noting or pertaining to the common name for a plant or animal.
8.    Obsolete. (of a disease) endemic.

noun
9.    the native speech or language of a place.
10.    the language or vocabulary peculiar to a class or profession.
11.    a vernacular word or expression.
12.    the plain variety of language in everyday use by ordinary people.
13.    the common name of an animal or plant as distinguished from its Latin scientific name.
14.    a style of architecture exemplifying the commonest techniques, decorative features, and materials of a particular historical period, region, or group of people.
15.    any medium or mode of expression that reflects popular taste or indigenous styles.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 14:57
I had no problem with the word vernacular, it's a word I frequently drop into conversation to make myself appear cleverer more clever. The context he kept using it in was fucking with my brain though.

That might have been where I was tripping up as I thought I'd pick up what it meant as I read but it just got more confusing.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:02
I find it hard to read, not so much vocab wise (I do a Jack Dee with the big words), but more in the sense that it is dry. I can't read a couple of pages like a fab press book and then put it down as i'm busy, if i do that I gain very little.

However, I have learned so far that Argento wanted various Beatle members to be in one of his early films and rather than Goblin he wanted Deep Purple. Voila.  :P

It's been so long since I read the book I really don't remember much. I do know that Argento's first choice for FOUR FLIES was John Lennon though.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:05
I find it hard to read, not so much vocab wise (I do a Jack Dee with the big words), but more in the sense that it is dry. I can't read a couple of pages like a fab press book and then put it down as i'm busy, if i do that I gain very little.

However, I have learned so far that Argento wanted various Beatle members to be in one of his early films and rather than Goblin he wanted Deep Purple. Voila.  :P

It's been so long since I read the book I really don't remember much. I do know that Argento's first choice for FOUR FLIES was John Lennon though.
I've had it for 5 or 6 years. I have so much catch-up to do with books that I only just opened it last week (it was in plastic). Great nick for book from 91!! I have Nightmare USA after this one.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:07
ver⋅nac⋅u⋅lar -still don't make much sense

Just wait until you read the book!  :-*

I think what the book is going on about is how the local populations in Italy saw these films and how the film makers made them to fit around their viewing habits. I think this is the vernacular part, the films have a different meaning to the local Italians than they do to us westerners, at least that's what I read it as.

The cinema's played the films on a constant loop, so to speak, whereby there wasn't really a start time. The people would go into the film halfway through sometimes and then wait to see the beginning after it had finished.

Because of this the films usually had a big recap at the end so that everyone who missed the start knew what was going on.

Having said that I haven't finished the whole thing so I may have some catching up to do.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:21

I think what the book is going on about is how the local populations in Italy saw these films and how the film makers made them to fit around their viewing habits. I think this is the vernacular part, the films have a different meaning to the local Italians than they do to us westerners, at least that's what I read it as.


WRONG!!!!
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:28


WRONG!!!!

 :-\

Explain it to me then please. Like I said I only read half of it and that's what I thought he was going on about. Wasn't any of it to do with how the local populations treated these films?, ie they were just a bit of entertainment that they watched quite casually and without much thought about the plot and thus that's how the screenwriters plotted the films so they could be enjoyed by the public even if they started watching the films 20mins in etc
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:37
"This book situates the discussion of the giallo within what I call 'vernacular cinema' as a replacement for the term 'popular cinema.' To look at a film from a vernacular perspective removes the a priori assumptions about what constitutes a 'good' film, how a particular film is, in some way, 'artistic.' Vernacular cinema seeks to look at subaltern cinema not for how it might (or might not) conform to the precepts of high-art/modernist cinema, but for what it does in its own right"

Clear now?
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:48
"This book situates the discussion of the giallo within what I call 'vernacular cinema' as a replacement for the term 'popular cinema.' To look at a film from a vernacular perspective removes the a priori assumptions about what constitutes a 'good' film, how a particular film is, in some way, 'artistic.' Vernacular cinema seeks to look at subaltern cinema not for how it might (or might not) conform to the precepts of high-art/modernist cinema, but for what it does in its own right"

Clear now?

No, not at all. That's all gobbledy gook to me.  :-\

I was basing what I said on what I picked up from reading inside the book, not what is written on the back.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 15:57
I was basing what I said on what I picked up from reading inside the book

That is from inside the book.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:02

That is from inside the book.

Pedantry mode kicking in...  :-\

What I meant was can you explain it to me in layman's terms, not Koven speak.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:03

That is from inside the book.

Pedantry mode kicking in...  :-\

What I meant was can you explain it to me in layman's terms, not Koven speak.

No. Didn't you read what I wrote earlier? I'm thick.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:07

No. Didn't you read what I wrote earlier? I'm thick.

See, now I'm in a muddle 'cos I'm unsure how much I mis-interpreted the book because of you saying I was "WRONG!!!" and you can't explain to me why properly.

I think I may have to have a drink.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:17
It's been a while since I read it, but basically 'vernacular cinema' to him is what the rest of the world would call a 'cult movie'. All the stuff that you thought it meant is Koven shoe-horning his background in folklore studies into it; rather muddying the waters to be honest.

No doubt someone will come along and tell me that I'm a plank and have completely missed the point.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:23
It's been a while since I read it, but basically 'vernacular cinema' to him is what the rest of the world would call a 'cult movie'. All the stuff that you thought it meant is Koven shoe-horning his background in folklore studies into it; rather muddying the waters to be honest.

No doubt someone will come along and tell me that I'm a plank and have completely missed the point.

You're a plank and have completely missed the point.

....
...
..
.
Just kidding
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 16:26
You're a plank and have completely missed the point.



Snail eating cunt.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 17:32
Oh well, looks like the book will look good sitting on the shelf  :-\
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 13 Jan 2010 - 17:38
You're a plank and have completely missed the point.



Snail eating cunt.

lovely with garlic  ::)

Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 13 Jan 2010 - 18:03
I love garlic.... the snails - not too keen on the idea of them.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: TEENAGER SIND NACKT on 13 Jan 2010 - 18:04
well despite all this I placed an order today too.  I'll be surprised if I actually end up receiving the book somehow.   Let us know if / when you get , those who ordered recently.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Stephen Grimes on 13 Jan 2010 - 20:10
Oh well, looks like the book will look good sitting on the shelf  :-\
Or on the dancefloor.
(sorry,that song was the first thing that came into my head when i read Aarron's post  :-\)
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: mook on 13 Jan 2010 - 20:32
i bought and read this a while back, then sold it on Amazon. I reordered it when I saw the £4 tag too, if only to sell it again when Amazon realize the error; but I don't suppose the book will ever turn up. All I remember about reading it was that Koven was saying that the italians who turned up to watch the giallos weren't that interested in following the film, and would often get up and move around, striking up conversations. the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit. that's all I remember reading...but it was a while back
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 20:39
the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit.
Who does that remind you of Paul?
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 21:05
the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit.
Who does that remind you of Paul?


(http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/3664/00o0o00o00oo000o000o000.jpg)
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 21:16
the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit.
Who does that remind you of Paul?


([url]http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/1653/fiestar.jpg[/url])
Shouldn't the bonnet be sun faded  ;D
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Paul on 13 Jan 2010 - 21:36
the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit.
Who does that remind you of Paul?


([url]http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/1653/fiestar.jpg[/url])
Shouldn't the bonnet be sun faded  ;D


With the word 'HUH' etched permanently into it.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 13 Jan 2010 - 21:43
the murder setpieces and nudity would shut them up for a bit.
Who does that remind you of Paul?


([url]http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/1653/fiestar.jpg[/url])
Shouldn't the bonnet be sun faded  ;D
 
With the word 'HUH' etched permanently into it.
:-\

Save Guy's hospital.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Zarith on 14 Jan 2010 - 07:53
If one of you doesn't like this book and want to get rid of it. I can help  :D

Send me a PM.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 14 Jan 2010 - 09:30
If one of you doesn't like this book and want to get rid of it. I can help  :D

Send me a PM.
It's £4 delivered, you might as well just get it from amazon.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Zarith on 14 Jan 2010 - 09:40
It's £4 delivered, you might as well just get it from amazon.

It's out of stock.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 14 Jan 2010 - 09:44
It's £4 delivered, you might as well just get it from amazon.

It's out of stock.
It said out of stock when i ordered it too, i think it's worth a try  :D
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 14 Jan 2010 - 14:21
It's been a while since I read it, but basically 'vernacular cinema' to him is what the rest of the world would call a 'cult movie'. All the stuff that you thought it meant is Koven shoe-horning his background in folklore studies into it; rather muddying the waters to be honest.
.


Sounds about right, it was rather a confusing read for me. Be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts on the book though.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 14 Jan 2010 - 14:58
It's been a while since I read it, but basically 'vernacular cinema' to him is what the rest of the world would call a 'cult movie'. All the stuff that you thought it meant is Koven shoe-horning his background in folklore studies into it; rather muddying the waters to be honest.
.


Sounds about right, it was rather a confusing read for me. Be interesting to hear other peoples thoughts on the book though.

Did you post the same thing earlier or have I started having premonitions?
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Jonny on 14 Jan 2010 - 15:15
Did you post the same thing earlier or have I started having premonitions?

I did but it got lost at the end of a page so I moved it.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Kevin Coed on 14 Jan 2010 - 15:16
Thank fuck for that.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: mook on 18 Jan 2010 - 11:15
Genuinely suprised to get my post today and find a copy of La Dolce Morte from Amazon, charged at £4.00 delivered! Didn't think it would ever turn up, but here it is. I'll give it another read, but a quick flick through confirms that it was an academic as I remembered, but then that it does claim to be the first academic study of the giallo. Anyway, it's still on Amazon at the same price.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 18 Jan 2010 - 15:58
When did you order yours mook?
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: smileysmile18 on 18 Jan 2010 - 19:15
Mine arrived on Saturday as well, not much fun to read. I'm a film student so I'm used to reading bone-dry academic film theory from the likes of Barthes and Foucault, and this was along similar lines. It in no way will add anything to your enjoyment of watching these films. Also, by his own admission, the author only refers to a handful of titles by about 25 directors, which seems like an awful small number of films on which to mount a study of the genre.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: mook on 18 Jan 2010 - 19:57
When did you order yours mook?
28th Dec, tanzi
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Bogan The Wanderer on 20 Jan 2010 - 00:01
Hey, that was my birthday!   :P
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 30 Jan 2010 - 21:56
Just got an email from Amazon saying my one has shipped.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 02 Feb 2010 - 14:05
For those that didn't take the opportunity it has gone up to £26.95

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dolce-Morte-Vernacular-Cinema-Italian/dp/0810858703/ref=cm_cr_wr_img
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Kov
Post by: bdc on 03 Feb 2010 - 11:07
I ordered one at the old price,it's "delayed"...curious if I will get it.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: Inspector Tanzi on 04 Feb 2010 - 12:20
My one arrived today, fuck me it's heavy reading isn't it.

Good for £4 to have on the shelf  :-\
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: broonage on 05 Feb 2010 - 08:20
Got my £4 copy yesterday. I'm happy to own it, especially for that price.  :P
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Kov
Post by: bdc on 09 Feb 2010 - 08:40
Got mine today,been reading a little bit and it looks interesting.
Good size as well.

I'm very happy with this bargain.  ::)
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Koven
Post by: gialloshots on 19 Feb 2010 - 20:25
I bought this book about a year ago and it can be a little tough to get through. I've emailed Mr. Koven a few times and he's a nice enough guy.  It's just a very, very in-depth book on the subject from an academic viewpoint so it can be dry.

However, since I collect Italian film posters I enjoyed the descriptions of movie distribution and the general film scene during that time.
Title: Re: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film by Michael Kov
Post by: ddmichael on 07 Mar 2010 - 18:39
I read this book a couple of years ago, though I can't actually remember ever having finished it, and as a former film studies student it just bought back horrible memories of reading a lot of pseudo-intellectual crap, which took an entire chapter to make a point easily distillable to a single sentence. I'm sure that Mr Koven is a nice enough fellow, and he's certainly seen most of the important genre entries, but at the end of the day the book takes a very long time to say very little - basically that the films were aimed at people with short attention spans, and so there had to be a killing or a bit of t&a every ten minutes - without actually looking at whether the films are any good (he makes it clear in the intro that it's not a critical piece) and have managed to transcend their roots. Pity, because I could definitely have dusted off the old film studies vocab book and settled in for a good read had he critically analyzed the films themselves. Plus, it's full of spoilers, so beware...

DM