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Roberto Curti

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325932

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325932.001.0001

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On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts

(p.29) 4. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts
Blood and Black Lace

Roberto Curti

Roberto Curti

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes the baroque complexity of the murder scenes in Blood and Black Lace (6 donne per l'assassino). It explains how the film was modelled after Alfred Hitchcock, who had always given great importance to elaborate murder sequences in his works. It also mentions the film Caccia all'uomo that was directed by Mario Bava's friend, Riccardo Freda, which was a stunning anticipation of what would be found in the forthcoming gialli. The chapter talks about Bava's Blood and Black Lace that reprised the emphasis on the crescendo which precedes death and multiplied it while amplifying the atrocity of the killing itself. It describes the murder sequence of the film that was characterised by a well-defined environment and has its own specificity regarding the characteristics of the victim, such as the ways of her dispatching and the murder weapon.

Keywords:   Blood and Black Lace, Alfred Hitchcock, murder sequence, Caccia all'uomo, Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, forthcoming gialli

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