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Author Topic: Giallo & Thrilling all'Italiana (Glittering Images)  (Read 10785 times)

Zarith

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Re: Giallo & Thrilling all Italiana (Glittering Images)
« Reply #15 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 12:18 »

The book is available now.

OnlyScore has it in stock:

http://www.onlyscore.com/books_magazine/detail/giallo_thrilling.htm

I think I'll skip it. It's too expensive for a 50 pages filmography (with 6 titles per pages, I doubt it offers more than short plot summaries and cast lists).



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« Reply #16 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 12:24 »

I think I'll skip it. It's too expensive for a 50 pages filmography (with 6 titles per pages, I doubt it offers more than short plot summaries and cast lists).

Same here, I'm skint and can't be shelling out on extravagances like this at the moment.

Be different if it was in colour...
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« Reply #17 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 12:46 »


I would agree, soft cover, b&w for 32euro's seems a bit steep to me, thou it does look a good reference book
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« Reply #18 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 12:51 »


I would agree, soft cover, b&w for 32euro's seems a bit steep to me, thou it does look a good reference book

You not got the Blood & Black Lace book Gaz?
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« Reply #19 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 14:26 »

i've not looked for it lately, cash was a little tight with being off work with the eye injury and paying for a holiday, its on my huge list of things to pick up... as its quite an investment isn't it, and i think there's a pete walker book i want, and a book called 'La Dolice Morte: Venacular cinema and the italian giallo'.
i'll prob get the missus to get me them later this year come birthday/xmas time (i don't trust her to pick up dvd's) lol.
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« Reply #20 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 16:39 »

i've not looked for it lately, cash was a little tight with being off work with the eye injury and paying for a holiday, its on my huge list of things to pick up... as its quite an investment isn't it, and i think there's a pete walker book i want, and a book called 'La Dolice Morte: Venacular cinema and the italian giallo'.
i'll prob get the missus to get me them later this year come birthday/xmas time (i don't trust her to pick up dvd's) lol.

I got the dolce morte book, you can have my copy if you want for nowt.

Isn't the Blood and Black Lace book available direct from the Dark side website anymore?
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« Reply #21 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 17:05 »


Book for nowt??  ::) ::) ::) cheers mate thanks!!!

To be honest i've not look at the darkside website.. ever, i'd just noticed how much folks on amazon sell it for and thought at the moment thats a bit much for me. i shall check it out asap
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Zarith

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« Reply #22 on: 06 Jul 2010 - 19:19 »

I can't help myself, I ordered it   ;D

I'll write a quick review when I get it...
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« Reply #23 on: 07 Jul 2010 - 18:39 »

I can't help myself, I ordered it   ;D

I'll write a quick review when I get it...
Good man,looking forward to it.
I'm really hoping that this one will be covering some of the rarer and more obscure gialli rather than just the usual top tier titles,it'd be great to see some articles on titles like GIOCHI EROTICI DI UNA FAMIGLIA PER BENE,MANIA etc. along with their cineromanzo strips.



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« Reply #24 on: 10 Jul 2010 - 23:50 »

I also ordered it and according to my emails it's been mailed out...
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Zarith

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« Reply #25 on: 14 Jul 2010 - 12:21 »

OK I have it...

a quick review:

The book is unnecessarily large (30x24 cm). I would have tolerate this if it included a generous amount of full page locandines, but it doesn't. All the pictures are relatively small. I'm also disappointed by the print quality. Most of the black and white images look washed out and grainy, like an old magazine.

There's also a problem with the layout. All the images appear 8 to 10 pages later! For examples L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo is reviewed on page 45, but we see the stills and poster on page 54! That's true for every movie. This layout error is annoying.

The choice of pictures is extremely bad. 95% of the stills are naked woman shots. For every movie reviewed, Antonio Bruschini and Stefano Piselli have selected only the most erotic shots. From page 60 to 62: there are only boobs pictures (Brigitte Skay x 2, Dagmar Lassander x 2, Edwige Fenech, Lucretia Love). On page 86-87, there's a total of 6 pairs of boobs! This nudity overdose is silly. This book looks like an erotic magazine!

Concerning the text itself. The book is essentially a chronological filmography, Every movie get a cast list and a little review. The title is misleading however: The 1931 to 1960 period occupies only 2 pages with cast list only. It's totally useless. The filmography really starts with the 60ies.

The reviews are relatively short, approximately 10 lines per film. They are written in both Italian and English. The English version was translated literally from the Italian, not adapted. This can lead to awkward sentences and even factual errors.

One example:

"... Anticipando certo cinema slasher e gore americano, mescolando orrore ed erotismo, Bava s'inventa una serie di grandguignoleschi delitti all'arma bianca...".

 becomes:

"... Anticipating certain American slasher & gore movies and mixing horror with eroticism, Bava creates a series of grand guignol-styled sidearms-based homicides...".

(page 48, review of Mario Bava's Ecologia Del Delitto)

Beside the translation issues, the reviews are decent. I would have liked more factual information (box office results, budget, international release dates, trivia, etc...) instead of only a few plot references and the authors subjective opinion.


The book also includes a 6 pages introduction to the genre, a 2 pages Dario Argento interview (don't we have enough of him?!), a short bibliography and a very complete discography.


I don't know if I should recommend this book or not... It's not a very good looking "luxury" book (unless you're obsessed by grainy black and white boobs pictures), but on the other hand it's the most extensive reference book in English you will ever find... Is it worth 32 euros? I'm not sure... I prefer Luca Rea's I Colori Del Buio, Il Cinema Thrilling Italiano, Dal 1980 Al 1979 published in 1999 by Molino Editor (unfortunately out of print). It doesn't include as many films, and is slightly outdated, but the choice of images is better (more posters), the text is more interesting, and the printing quality is superior. It just looks more "classy".
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« Reply #26 on: 14 Jul 2010 - 15:31 »

It's not a very good looking "luxury" book (unless you're obsessed by grainy black and white boobs pictures),

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Re: Giallo & Thrilling all'Italiana (Glittering Images)
« Reply #27 on: 14 Jul 2010 - 19:52 »

Most of the black and white images look washed out and grainy, like an old magazine.
Sounds like they've used fotonovel stills from the original cineromanzi which were published in the late 60's/early 70's.

Thanks for the review,Zarith. :P
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« Reply #28 on: 14 Jul 2010 - 22:10 »

Thanks for the write up. Think I'll give it a miss
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