A guide to the giallo film

Italy attracted international acclaim during the 1960s for its cycle of spaghetti westerns, but what is sometimes overlooked is the emergence of another body of exploitation films: the giallo film. The word “giallo” translates in Italian to “yellow”, and the title of giallo films derived from paperback detective novels released in post-fascist Italy by the Milanese publishing company Mondadori which had yellow covers. “Rosso” – the Italian for red – might have been more appropriate as the films are covered in blood.

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