I will be giving a public talk on 1970s Italian horror films and their historical backdrops as part of Bournemouth University's Festival of Learning 2018. This will be followed by a screening of Non si sevizia un paperino / Don't Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972), whose horrifying depiction of rural backwardness acts as a commentary on the rotten underbelly of post-war Italy’s economic affluence.
This topic arises from my forthcoming book, Blood in the Streets: Histories of Violence in Italian Crime Cinema (Edinburgh University Press), which examines the proliferation of Italian crime films in the 1970s. The book analyses how a variety of crime genres responded to widespread acts of terrorism and an attendant resurgence of political extremism, and includes an analysis of serial killer films (or ‘gialli’) that show Italy’s rapid modernisation in the post-war years running up against regional and historical resistance.
The talk will take place at 16:30 on Saturday 16th June 2018, in the Inspire Lecture Theatre at Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus. Free tickets can be booked here: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/festival-of-learning/events/film-screening-italian-horror-cinema-in-its-political-contexts/