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Blood and Black Lace

Roberto Curti


Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace (1964) is a legendary title, and is commonly considered as the archetypal giallo. A murder mystery about a faceless and menacing killer stalking the premises of a luxurious fashion house in Rome, Blood and Black Lace set the rules for the genre: a masked, black-gloved killer, an emphasis on graphic violence, elaborate and suspenseful murder sequences. But Blood and Black Lace is first and foremost an exquisitely stylish film, full of gorgeous color schemes, elegant camerawork, and surrealistic imagery, testimony of Bava's mastery and his status as an innovator ... More

Keywords: Mario Bava, film, murder mystery, popular cinema, Italian film industry, violence, sadism, genre filmmaking, giallo genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325932
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberto Curti, author