Posts Tagged Giallo

Out with the Old

There’s a new wind blowing, and it smells exactly like the stale old wind. As Teleport City counts down to its 20th anniversary (good gravy, Charlie Brown), it’s become a little burdensome and full of writing I did in my 20s and am not entirely excited about. So in the service of staying in the game as Teleport City shifts into archival mode (it will remain online), a new site is being launched that will take its place and do mostly the same thing, though with a little more structure. The site, called MEZZANOTTE, is based around themes that run for two months (all of which will be compiled into an ebook/print book at the end of the year). For our inaugural theme, which officially launches in February, we’re tackling giallo movies and soundtracks.

The new site doesn’t officially launch until Feb. 1, but you can get a sneak peek now, since the B-Masters has been Teleport City’s home since that fateful day a madman named Dr. Freex said to the council, “What about Teleport City?” And where better to start an exploration of giallo than with the film most often referred to as “the first”?

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1963)

Judging Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much from its first scene, it would be reasonable to assume one was watching a Fellini movie, or at least a reasonable imitation of Fellini. The opening shot of a TWA plane in flight toward Rome, the bustling capital of high style, suggests the dawn of the age of the jet set, as does the introduction of the film’s main character, stylish but somewhat naive American Nora Davis (Leticia Román, in Russ Meyer’s version of Fanny Hill as well as the Elvis film G.I. Blues) who is being pestered by her Lothario seat-mate (while she is trying to read a giallo novel, no less).

You can read the soundtrack reviews here.


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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Czech Madness and Argentine Giallo

Teleport City continues its unannounced transfer to Jet Set Cinema with one of the best and one of the worst

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Marketa Lazarová – the tale of warring clans in the 12th century – has been heralded as perhaps the greatest Czech film of all time. Stark landscapes, inventive cinematography, and a fractured, experimental narrative certainly make for an unforgettable experience.

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A shot on digital video POV take on giallo from Argentina that makes too many mistakes to be regarded as anything other than “better luck next time” despite the promising high concept of a giallo style killer being stalked by another giallo style killer.


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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