ISSN: 20477368
First published in 2013
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Volume 5 Issue 2
Cover Date: March 2017
All the colours of the dark: Film genre and the Italian giallo
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Authors:  Alexia Kannas 
DOI: 10.1386/jicms.5.2.173_1

Keywords
Dario Argento,filone,genre,giallo,horror,hybridity,Italian cinema,Mario Bava

Abstract
Recent scholarship on the giallo film – and Italian horror more broadly – has emphasized the use of the Italian term filone (‘thread’ or ‘streamlet’) instead of ‘genre’ to describe the particular production contexts of Italian genre film in the post-war period. This article considers how and why the giallo problematizes film genre as it is traditionally conceived, and argues that the giallo film is uniquely positioned to pose fundamental questions about genre as a theoretical system, as well as to question the task of genre criticism itself. Through an examination of historical approaches to film genre via the giallo case study, the article shows how this group of films debunks theories of generic evolution and complicates the notion of generic hybridity. Whilst challenging the cultural hegemony of Hollywood, framing the giallo as a genre demands a radical conceptualization of genre systems that more readily accommodates their propensity to shift and change over time.
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