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La Dolce Morte

Above: La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film

This morning I received a copy of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film from Billed as “the first academic study of the giallo film in English”, this 196-page book is the work of Mikel J. Koven, a film and television studies lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, who was good enough to send me copies of two of his giallo-related essays back when I was writing my dissertation. These chapters, it would seem, have been appropriated into the book, which attempts to discuss these films from a vernacular perspective - in other words, studying them from the point of view of the audiences they were originally aimed at rather than getting all caught up in notions of “quality” and “art”. (Most critics and academics tend to reject these films, and their study, because they don’t consider them high-brow enough.) I’ve only read the first one and a half chapters, but so far it seems like excellent stuff, and is the sort of study that the giallo genre sorely needs.

Oh yeah, and yesterday, I recorded the first 10 minutes or so of my Profondo Rosso commentary. I did three passes at it, but eventually came to the conclusion that, without a precise script, it’s very difficult for me to produce something that can actually be listened to (way too much “umming” and “awwing”). This morning, therefore, I rewrote what I’d recorded in script form, and will hopefully start recording from the start again tomorrow.

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 10:10 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Books | Cinema | Dario Argento | Gialli



Hey Michael,

This title looks most interesting. I never even knew it existed and will be sure to add it to my Xmas list for Santa!

Keep the updates coming as you progress through the book. By the way have you got any idea of where I can pick this up? I don't tend to use Amazon in the U.S due to the plethora of 'phishing email' I experienced before. UK Amazon seems a tad expensive for this title at present.

Also I got THE EXORCIST novel you returned in the post fine. Sorry I didn't let you know earlier but like I said it arrived safe and sound in my grubby little paws. Glad you enjoyed it. I have LEGION also - Blatty's follow-up novel and source material for his movie EXORCIST III - let me know if you want me to post it up to you.


Posted by: Count Fosco, November 21, 2006 10:48 AM


Buon giorno, Count!

You should be able to get La Dolce Morte directly from Scarecrow Press - it’s recently been discounted to $34 (US), although I’m not sure how much the shipping will cost.

And yes, I’d be very interested to read Blatty’s Legion. It’s been a while since I saw the third Exorcist film, but I remember finding it quite frustrating in a rather frustrating way.

I’ll get those DVDs you wanted out to you tomorrow, by the way.

Posted by: Whiggles, November 21, 2006 10:54 AM

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