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October 10, 2013

Black Glove Ballads: The Art of the Italian Giallo Soundtrack

Although the roots of the giallo film – violent and provocative thrillers made almost exclusively by Italian filmmakers – roughly began when Mario Bava directed The Girl Who Knew Too Much in 1963, during the late sixties and early seventies the genre rapidly evolved into a highly stylized form of storytelling where images and sounds supported elaborately rendered murder sequences.

Plots tended to be incomprehensible or downright bizarre, and the various directors – including pioneer Bava and refiner Dario Argento – often built their scenarios around murders which were heavily driven by music and images. Composers from various venues would bring to film music jazz, lounge, orchestral writing, rock, and experimental techniques, sometimes as slight hybrids, or in the hands of Ennio Morricone, as radical fusions.

The release of recent films like Amer, Berberian Sound Studio, and the upcoming The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears have brought attention to this uniquely Italian genre, and in this lecture we’ll examine a chronology of musical innovation within the giallo using music montages, scene and interview extracts, and a healthy sense of humour for this endearingly insane genre.

October 10, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Cost: $15 at the door

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Instructor: Mark R. Hasan

Journalist and publisher of the film & film music site KQEK.com, Mark R. Hasan is also a regular contributor to Rue Morgue magazine, and has covered soundtracks and composers in print & digital, and via podcasts. He also served as a film music consultant for the sidebar series “The Sound of the Movies: Masters of the Film Score” at the 2012 Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and is in the process of completing an experimental documentary on Toronto’s Bay Street Video. When not reviewing & interviewing, he’s making arty-farty shorts using vintage video tube cameras that weigh more than a Honda Civic, and covering his experimental exploits at the media site Big Head Amusements.