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Martyn Conterio

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733834

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733834.001.0001

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Production and Reception

Production and Reception

(p.31) 3. Production and Reception
Black Sunday

Martyn Conterio

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses how Mario Bava's Black Sunday began production on 28 March at Scalera Film studios, which was considered an intense shoot that lasted six weeks and wrapped on 7 May. It describes 1960 as the 'annus mirabilis' for the industry, where the share of domestic box-office for Italian film reached 50 percent for the first time since the war. It also discusses Barbara Steele's foray into American cinema, which was a disaster and curtailed by her allegedly walking off set after a row with director Don Siegel, a few days into the making of the Elvis Presley vehicle, Flaming Star in 1960. The chapter describes marketing campaigns for Black Sunday that ramped up the promise of sex and violence. It demonstrates the American International Pictures' (AIP) liberal attitude to the cutting and shot removal of Black Sunday, which certainly nullified some of Bava's more graceful beats that faded to black during gory moments.

Keywords:   Mario Bava, Black Sunday, Scalera Film studios, annus mirabilis, Barbara Steele, Flaming Star, American International Pictures

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