Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Expressionism

If gialli are a technicolor crime fresco, the first giallo, La ragazza che sapeva troppo, is definitely a late expressionist masterpiece. Clair obscur, intimidating shadows and meticulous plays with lights build a unique architecture of fear.

Mario Bava, as his black and white works testify, was a natural son of the 1920's Expressionism.

Mario Bava's Web Page has got an image gallery which shows good examples of the expressionist influences, visible even in later colour movies such as Blood & Black Lace.
More on La ragazza che sapeva troppo here and there.

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