Playing tracks by
Stelvio Cipriani , Goblin, Sante Maria Romitelli, Carlo Rustichelli, Roberto Nicolosi and more.
Although the roots of the giallo film – violent and provocative thrillers made almost exclusively by Italian filmmakers – roughly began when Mario Bava directed The Girl Who Knew Too Much in 1963, during the late sixties and early seventies the genre rapidly evolved into a highly stylized form of storytelling where images and sounds supported elaborately rendered murder sequences.
Plots tended to be incomprehensible or downright bizarre, and the various directors – including pioneer Bava and refiner Dario Argento – often built their scenarios around murders which were heavily driven by music and images. Composers from various venues would bring to film music jazz, lounge, orchestral writing, rock, and experimental techniques, sometimes as slight hybrids, or in the hands of Ennio Morricone, as radical fusions. Please enjoy this selection of giallo soundtracks selected by lecturer Mark R. Hasan.