When most people think of Giallo they think of grisly murders and naked women, at which point the genre is written off as sexist if not misogynist in tone. However Giallo was at the forefront of progression for women in films, fleshing out - if you will pardon the pun - women in horror to be more than simply victims or mere window dressings, and giving inspiration to some of the most beloved horror films and themes we know as classics today. Looking at the works of some of the biggest names in Giallo including Lucio Fulci, Sergei Martino, and Mario Bava, this lecture delves into the films and their female characters to dispel the myth that the genre was just about killing women, when it in actuality shows more progression and attempts at equality that even many Hollywood films do today. Giallo not only pushed the boundaries of it’s time, leaving a legacy that benefited female characters from then on out, but can easily be argued is in fact feminist.
Presented by Stacey K Shaw