Macabro 2013: An Encounter With Lamberto Bava And Luigi Cozzi (Part 2, Cozzi's Giallo Master Class)

Contributor; Mexico City, Mexico (@EricOrtizG)
This is the second and final piece about my encounter with legendary Italian filmmakers Lamberto Bava and Luigi Cozzi at Macabro 2013. It's actually just about Cozzi, since Bava wasn't a participant of the conference, celebrated at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional. Bava was simply another member of the public. The festival asked Cozzi to do a conference/master class about giallo, and well, he ended up saying pretty much everything you need to know about it, and then some. 

Going from the history of the term "giallo" to personal stories about his relationship with Dario Argento, Cozzi's master class was something to smile at. Without any more prelude, I leave you the gallery with the most memorable quotes from the talk (and from the little Q&A that followed)! 

Note: You can check out part one here

(Photo by Claudia Aguilar Guarneros)

Luigi Cozzi:

“The formula of giallo movies: murders, beautiful women; beautiful girls being killed by a maniac.”

“Giallo means yellow. The mystery movies have been called “giallos” because, in the thirties of the last century, the big Italian publisher (Arnoldo Mondadori Editore) started a collection with Agatha Christie, Edgar Wallace, the master writers of mystery books. He was selling those books in the newsstands in Italy and decided to put them with a different color in order to let people understand immediately that those books were mystery books. He decided to make the cover yellow.”

“The fascists didn’t want the Italian people to know that murders were committed in Italy. They said under fascism everything was to be perfect. So (Benito) Mussolini didn’t like gialli very much. At the end of the thirties, the fascists ordered the publishers to stop publishing gialli. The giallo disappeared from Italy until 1946, after the end of the war and the fall of fascism.”

“While the books were being sold, Italian movies weren’t making giallo. They were mostly relying on comedies.”

(Photo by Claudia Aguilar Guarneros)

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