Special issue of Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 - now available!
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Intellect is delighted to announce that the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.2 is now available.
This special issue of JICMS is dedicated to ‘Italian Horror Cinema’. In both fan culture and the academy (which are frequently connected), Italian horror films have been singled out for their alleged transgressions, and the challenges they arguably pose to various ‘norms’, ‘whether these be aesthetic norms of commercial mainstream cinema film-making or broader social and ideological norms’ (Hutchings 2003: 132). This special issue seeks to engage with this developing trend, as an outlet for such trans-disciplinary research: sitting within the concerns of both Film Studies and Italian Studies, while embracing the exigencies of historically informed nuance.
Articles within this issue include (partial list):
Authors: Alexia Kannas
Page Start: 173
Recent scholarship on the giallo film – and Italian horror more broadly – has emphasised 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 conceptualisation of genre systems that more readily accommodates their propensity to shift and change over time.
Authors: Todd K. Platts
Page Start: 191
This study shines light on the general factors involved in film cycle development and non-development through a focus on Dawn of the Dead’s (Romero, 1978/79) influence in the Italian and US film markets. Four factors, commercial success, sociopolitical events and broader social currents, supporting cultural phenomena and ephemera, and industrial compatibility, are comparatively assessed with respect to the Italian zombie cycle from 1978 to 1981 and the lack of an American cycle from the same period. The comparative approach advanced in the article properly historicises the development of zombie cinema after one of its landmark films. Moreover, while the approach is applied to late 1970s/early 1980s zombie cinema, it offers a general analytic for future film cycle scholarship.
Authors: Stefano Baschiera
Page Start: 245
This article investigates the distribution of Italian horror cinema in the age of video streaming, analysing its presence and categorisation on the platform Lovefilm Instant UK, in order to investigate the importance of ‘niche’ in what is known as the long tail of online distribution and the online availability of exploitation films. The author argues that looking at the streaming presence of Italian horror and comparing it to its prior distribution on home video formats (in particular VHS and DVD) we can grasp how distribution and access have shaped the understanding of the genre. In particular, this article addresses the question of the categorisation of the films made by the S-VOD services and the limits of streaming distribution, such as lack of persistency in availability and the need for enhanced curatorship.
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