MR. ARKADIN artfully wrote:"...there is a connection with eroticism and madness (also found in Poe's work), where it seems that desire can enslave not only the body, but the mind as well.
With everyone reading Browning and Bronte and romantic stories back then...I wonder how Edgar Allan Poe's works were received by 19th century audiences? Did folks wait for them like scary movies ( "The Exorcist" "Dracula" etc. )
...So far, I'm liking what I'm seeing of this genre. Ha...crazy to say, right...with all the blood guts gore and nudity. Your analysis of the films raises them waaaay beyond the level of sexploitation, though my writing might not be deep enough to talk about the Giallic themes. I don't think I'm 'such' a big fan of the story line of "Is this real or is it Memorex." It's relentless, kind of one-note ( we're only inside one character's head: 'Am I going crazy?' and I begin to think "...well sheesh, how many ways CAN you scare the pants of Edwige?" But I liked "All The Colors..." just fine. The ending felt just a tad abrupt. But you know what...it's all good.
I'm working my way through "THE DESIGNATED VICTIM" now, which I instantly pick up it borrows its plot from "STRANGERS ON A TRAIN." And Venice looks gray and moody. I'm thinking this film is not giallo but a straight up drama thriller. HOW will our hero get out of THIS? I'm curious. Basically I like going along for the ride that movies offer. You opened the door, Mr. A.
What I do kind of smile at with these movies ( ) are its opening credits. They get right to it, the titles appear, and the music sounds like harpsichords. with maybe some haunting Loreleis la la-ing a few refrains.