Saturday, June 11, 2005

Titles.



One of the unique aspects of the giallo genre is the titles that were given to the films.
Actually, it is such "idiomatic" you can tell a movie is a giallo just from its title.

"What have you done to Solange?" : this one is, in my opinion, one of the most striking and evocative ones. In just a few words, this is the very idea of destroyed innocence which is coming across.

But here are a few others which are so typical of the genre:
"Short night of the glass dolls", "The bird with the crystal plumage", "Four velvet flies", "Blood & black lace", "Who saw her die?", "Case of the scorpion tale", "The cat o'nine tails", "A lizard in a woman's skin", "Don't torture a duckling", "Seven blood stained orchids", "Crimes of the black cat", "Death laid an egg" and the unforgettable "Your Vice is a Locked Door and Only I Have the Key" (AKA "Eye of the Black Cat").

Lots of animals in this. Lots of twisted and complex formulas as well. Just like the films themselves : wild and sophisticated at the same time.

I'll come back to this later on, using the italian titles which are often even better than their english translations.

You can also come up with your own giallo film title here.

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