Deadly Sweet

Before his name became synonymous with arty, raunchy erotica, young Giovanni Brass wanted to be Michelangelo Antonioni. Antonioni’s controversial, challenging sort-of, not-really giallo Blow-Up blew up around the same time Brass was entering his formative cinematic years. All of Europe was being swept up by a burgeoning youth counter-culture, and emerging filmmakers of the time were notContinue reading “Deadly Sweet”

Dark Purpose

During the 1950s and ’60s, when Rome was the glamorous center of the world, there was a healthy exchange program between the Italian and American film industries that became known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.” Hollywood, keen to take advantage of lower costs for skilled labor (and circumvent the various craftsmen’s unions in the UnitedContinue reading “Dark Purpose”

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Judging Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much (La ragazza che sapeva troppo, 1963) from its first scene, it would be reasonable to assume one was watching a Fellini movie, or at least a reasonable imitation of Fellini. The opening shot of a TWA plane in flight toward Rome, the bustling capital of highContinue reading “The Girl Who Knew Too Much”