Check it out giallo fans! The horror fiends at First Fright are reporting that Italio-horror documentary Hanging Shadows is coming to DVD. From the press release at the First Fright homepage:
Hanging Shadows - Perspectives On Italian Horror Cinema
Now it's possible to discover all the secrets of the horror cinema narrated by the Italian masters of horror.
on DVD everybody can see HANGING SHADOWS - PERSPECTIVES ON ITALIAN
HORROR CINEMA, a documentary directed by Paolo Fazzini. A precious
document shot and edited with great sensibility in which we can see the
most important directors, screenwriters and professionals of the
Italian Horror Cinema.
"Italian terror movies, and more generally
speaking genre cinema, no longer exist in Italy," said the director
Paolo Fazzini, "so I had the feeling that I wanted to put this state of
affairs on record. We can think of the documentary as a kind of
physical and psychological journey in search of directors,
screenwriters and critics, at times filmed at their workplace. With
their skill and intuition these directors have been able to transpose
our fears onto screens all over the world."
presents an informative historical overview of the giallo genre,
exploring its genesis and chronicling the films, directors, and
personalities that made up its golden age. Featuring interviews with
Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava (director and son of Mario Bava),
Antonella Fulci (daughter of director Lucio Fulci), Franco Ferrini
(co-writer of Sergio Leone's Once upon a time in America and numerous
Argento films), Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), Giannetto De
Rossi (make-up artist on Fulci's films), and many others.
Shadows is a fascinating study of a group of films and filmmakers that
redefined the horror genre and forever changed the way we think of
60 minutes (with subtitles in english) of full immersion with the Masters of Italian horror!
school is a waste of money when you can learn about film history by
watching documentaries such as this." (The coroner's report)
documentary situates Italian horror films in terms of the work of other
Italian directors and Italian film history: There is thus a sense of
learning from earlier directors." (Educational Media Reviews)
In U.S.A. Hanging shadows is distributed by The Cinema Guild Inc.
In Europe is distributed by Beat Records Company