"Hanging Shadows" by Paolo Fazzini is a documentary offering
perspectives on Italian horror from the maestros of giallo. The 60
minute film is a truly informative gem for any horror fan, especially
the fan that loves Italian horror. "Hanging Shadows" has originally
only been available as an education tool for film students but it is
now being made available to the general public. I have to say it is a
must have for any collector. It presents the giallo genre from the
directors themselves through continuous interview sequences that weave
first-hand accounts of Argento, Bava, Deodato, Cozzi and others
relationships to projects and one another.
"Hanging Shadows" is a wealth of knowledge, shedding light on the
horror genre from Italian points-of-view. It gives insight to very
specific projects like "Demons", "Cannibal Holocaust", and "Once Upon A
Time In America". Plus the documentary gives us an understanding on the
love- hate relationship the Italian film community held for the masters
of horror and the whole "fantasy" film concept. It goes without saying
that the Western, English speaking world had a higher respect and love
for the films than Italian counterparts. Not my American pride, the
issue is addressed in the documentary.
This is a film to get, I imagine watching it over and over. Mostly
because the stories, collaborations and perspectives come from men
whose films I have watched over and over. "Hanging Shadows" is a
fascinating collection of information, Italian directors discussing how
they met one another, experiences on set, and the publics reaction to
the films at the time of their release. There isn't much more that I
can really say other than this, "Hanging Shadows" is necessary for
horror fans, if you want to understand the films and the people
responsible for giving them to us, then why not let them tell you in
their own words. Which is exactly what you get with this documentary.
It is the best perspective on Italian horror on the market.
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