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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Bryce's Book of Brilliance
Whilst directors with supposed `artistic' integrity like Pasolini, Vischonti and Rossellini were making films to please a middle class audience of academics and stuffy critics, the real face of Italian cinema was murder mysteries dominated by sex, violence and fetishism. The so called Giallo film cleaned up at the box office and in the early 1970's supplanted the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Criminal spoilers
This is an indispensable reference guide to the Italian giallo films, covering a lot of ground that has not been covered even by IMDb. However, I am giving it the lowest rating to draw attention to the fact that it includes unpardonable spoilers to some of the best gialli. Another gripe is that the author's evaluation of particular films is sometimes way off the mark...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Bryce's Book of Brilliance, 3 July 2006
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Shaun Anderson (Nottingham/Hereford, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Paperback)
Whilst directors with supposed `artistic' integrity like Pasolini, Vischonti and Rossellini were making films to please a middle class audience of academics and stuffy critics, the real face of Italian cinema was murder mysteries dominated by sex, violence and fetishism. The so called Giallo film cleaned up at the box office and in the early 1970's supplanted the Spaghetti Western as Italy's most successful export. The films were often visually inventive and made no narrative sense whatsoever, but that was the inherent beauty of them. Naturally the majority of these films were terrible, but the exceptions were always worth it. With the advent of DVD and with companies like Blue Underground and Anchor Bay releasing hard to find Giallo's, the time was particularly good for Adrian Luther Smiths BLOOD AND BLACK LACE. Sadly a lot of the information given in the book refers to Video Cassettes, so as a purchasing guide, it isn't particularly helpful. But Smith compensates by providing accurate running times, titles and production credits. This does make the task of tracking these titles down easier. Because of the sheer number of films in this guide, the synopsis and review are very brief, but the guide is presented in a helpful A to Z manner. I was surprised to find Nicholas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW included, I acknowledge the film owes a debt of gratitude in terms of narrative, but surely a film produced by a Hollywood studio should be omitted.

Generally speaking this is a sterling effort, even if most of the films contained within you would never have heard of. THE DARK SIDE and Allan Bryce the magazine's editor continue to publish some of horror genres most arresting and needed resources. And as ever the book is filled with wonderful full colour images.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE REFERENCE BOOKS..., 22 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Paperback)
IF I COULD GIVE IT AN ADDITIONAL STAR I WOULD GLADLY,AS THIS BOOK DESERVES THE PRAISE.THE ONLY BOOK I KNOW OF THAT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO GIALLO FILMS,THIS IS INDISPENSABLE.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Criminal spoilers, 24 May 2009
This review is from: Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Paperback)
This is an indispensable reference guide to the Italian giallo films, covering a lot of ground that has not been covered even by IMDb. However, I am giving it the lowest rating to draw attention to the fact that it includes unpardonable spoilers to some of the best gialli. Another gripe is that the author's evaluation of particular films is sometimes way off the mark because he obviously saw them in inferior, pan&scanned VHS copies. Finally, the book badly needs updating as far as DVD availability is concerned.
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1.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive list, but dreadfully written, 18 Mar 2010
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J. Burton (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Paperback)
This is a fairly extensive list of gialli films, however it is filled with story spoilers, which for those who haven't seen the films, it will ruin.

Adrian Luther Smith is also an extremely inept author, whose opinions and conclusions on certain films are at times dreadful.

For anyone wanting a more intellectual study of gialli cinema, they should try Mikel J. Koven's work "La Dolce Morte"
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