Saturday, September 3, 2016

J & B and Giallo

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Have been watching a lot of Giallo films lately. Giallo is a Italian film genre that was popular in the late 60s - 70s. Giallo simply means yellow in Italian. It derived from popular pulpy crime novels with yellow jacket, hence the genre title. Gialli are mainly slasher, supernatural, crime elements with sexy heroines usually appearing in nude. Directors who were known for their craft in making delicious combination of thriller and softcore porn are Sergio Martino, Mario Bava, Umberto Lenzi and to some extent Dario Argento. Fetching Edwige Fenech became a big starlet of the genre and appeared in many gialli.

Killer eyelashes: the eyes of Edwige Fenech
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As I was going through many well known Giallo films, I couldn't help notice recurring motifs. It seems Jim Beam, a American staple Kentuckey Bourbon, was the go-to beverage in these slashers, loved by killers and victims alike. But it's not Jim Beam that is featured in these. It's Justerini & Brooks liquor and wine company based in England. So I had to compile these J & B shots from the Gialli I've seen so far. And as I delve deeply into more Giallo, I am hoping to prove that this is not an isolated phenom.

From: Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) - Martino Jimbeamometer 2/5
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All the Colors of the Dark (1972) - Martino Jimbeamometer 1/5
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Strip Nude for Your Killer (1975) - Bianchi Jimbeamometer 5/5
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Torso (1973) - Martino Jimbeamometer 2/5
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Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) - Bava Jimbeamometer 2/5
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