Blood and Black Lace (Devil’s Advocates) – book

Blood and Black Lace is a 2019 book by Roberto Curti in the ‘Devil’s Advocates’ series by Auteur Publishing. It will be available on 30 May 2019.

Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace (1964) is a legendary title, and is commonly considered as the archetypal giallo.

A murder mystery about a faceless and menacing killer stalking the premises of a luxurious fashion house in Rome, Blood and Black Lace set the rules for the genre: a masked black-gloved killer, an emphasis on graphic violence, elaborate and suspenseful murder sequences. But Blood and Black Lace is first and foremost an exquisitely stylish film, full of gorgeous colour schemes, elegant camerawork and surrealistic imagery, a testimony of Bava’s mastery and his status as an innovator within popular cinema.

This book recollects Blood and Black Lace‘s production history, putting it within the context of the Italian film industry of the period and includes plenty of previously unheard-of data. It analyses its main narrative and stylistic aspects, including the ground-breaking prominence of violence and sadism, its use of colour and lighting, as well as Bava’s irreverent approach to genre filmmaking and clever handling of the audience s expectations by way of irony and pitch-black humour.

The book also analyses Blood and Black Laces place within Bava’s oeuvre, its historical impact on the giallo genre and its influential status on future filmmakers.

Roberto Curti has also written Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1957 -1969Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970 – 1979; Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980 – 1989Mavericks of Italian CinemaRiccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker and co-authored (with Francesco Cesari) The Jess Franco Files Vol. 1.

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