This is a small introduction to the giallo. A welcome for everyone to discuss, talk and share suggestions and stuff. Without going into detail about the etymological origin of the word giallo, a few small words are important to become familiar with this style. The giallo as cinematic expression does not pigeonholed into a single genre, but it tends to cover different genres like detective fiction, gothic horror, drama, among others.
It is generally recognized to the film "La Ragazza che Sapeva Troppo" (1963)(The Evil Eye), directed by Mario Bava, as the first giallo film, until "Sei donne per l'assassino" (1964) ( Blood and Black Lace), this one, already populated of all elements (the murderer black dressed and unrecognizable, a staggering ferocity of the numerous crimes, the overwhelming narrative outcome) which then would constitute the gender structures.
But it was "L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" (1970) ( The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), the debut of young director Dario Argento, the film that not only would define several of constants of the genre, but also would be responsible for popularizing it, causing that a series of directors will attempt to emulate the success of the film. In a few years appeared a formidable number of films, many of which would become objects of worship.
The plots of the giallo revolve around a series of murders, which usually are portrayed in a pretty graphic way, its plots are full of traps, of plot twists, of a use of the camera to show the position of the murderer without get to know his identity, his clothes (raincoats, gloves, mask, hat ...) and his imbalanced psychology, sadism and eroticism are present and a special taste for gimmicky crimes, and especially stylish in its execution.
Other giallos (Note: This list is not complete by any means, nor is it intended to be):
- Blood and Black Lace (1964).
- A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) from director Lucio Fulci.
- Blade of the Ripper (1971), from Sergio Martino.
- Knife of Ice (1972) from Umberto Lenzi.
- All the Colors of the Dark (1972) from Sergio Martino.
- The Iguana With a Tongue of Fire (1971).
- Tropic of Cancer (1972).
- The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971).
- Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971).
- The Fifth Cord (1971).
- What Have They Done to Solange? (1972).
- The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972).
- Seven Blood Stained Orchids (1972).
- Don´t Torture a Duckling (1972).
- Deep Red (1975).
- The House With Laughing Windows (1976).
- The Psychic (1977).
- Tenebre (1982).
- Torso (1973).
In short, this is a starting point, the place to talk about what are your favorite and which are not, to get recommendations, to exchange views.
Torso is probably my favorite giallo, but I also love Tenebre, Deep Red, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and The New York Ripper.
I hate 'The New York Ripper' with a passion. It's an odious piece of shit. The rest of these films you mentioned are excellent.
Great Lucio Fulci giallo movies are 'A Lizard in a Woman's Skin', 'Perversion Story' and 'Don't Torture a Duckling' (his best film). With the exception of TNYR, Fulci was a better gialli filmmaker than he was a director of outright horror movies.
'The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh' is also great directed by Sergio Martino who made 'Torso'.
EDIT: I really want to see Martino's 'Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key' (1972)...
The full film has been uploaded to Youtube.
I couldn't resist.