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sergiomartino.jpgSergio Martino (Rome, 1938) is an Italian film director known for his contribution to the 1970s and 1980s Italian filone cinema. His first success came with the giallo Next! (1971) from which he moved to spaghetti western (Mannaja, 1977), gialli (Torso, 1973), poliziotteschi (The Violent Professionals, 1973), horror movies (The Mountain of the Cannibal God, 1978; Island of Mutations, 1979), science fiction movies (2019, After the Fall of New York, 1983) and comedies (Giovannona Long-Thigh, 1973). His works witness the hybridization of International and local cinematic genres as a pivotal characteristic of the Italian filone cinema.

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I Corpi Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnale, 1973

The face-to-face interview took place the 26th of October 2015 in thevenues of Martino’s production company, Dania Film, and addresses Martino’s horror and giallo productions. Many scholarships approached filone cinema’s productions under the lens of Cult or Transnational cinema studies. In this respect, the interview aims at collecting Martino’s considerations regarding the actual state of debate on Italian filone cinema. Nevertheless, the accent is put on a different conceptualization of this kind of cinema; a conceptualization that aims at analysing filone cinema in relation to its capacity of representing issues and concerns of its contemporaneity.

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La Polizia Accusa: il Servizio Segreto Uccide, 1975

Accordingly, introducing Martino’s relationship with Hollywood cinema, the interview focuses on the way in which his horror movies, and filone cinema in general, managed to intercept fears and neuroses of the Italian society. The director explores the chaotic system of production of his cinema. He faces the struggle to organise it as an industry, contrasting the negative approach of the critics towards a cinema devoted to entertainment in a highly politicised period of Italian history. Sexual liberation, political violence, corrupted authorities and bloodthirsty criminals provided the inspiration for a director that managed to merge the Italian craftsmanship to the professionalism achieved in his experience in the United States.

 

Leggi l’intervista sul Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies

Giulio Olesen