Night Moves / World premiere

Giallo

  • Dario Argento /
  • UK /
  • 2009 /
  • 92 mins

Adrien Brody, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elsa Pataky / Fiction / English

Kiss kiss no more…

A monstrous killer stalks the streets of Milan, kidnapping, torturing and murdering beautiful women. An unorthodox police inspector (Adrien Brody) works against the clock to find him, before the latest missing girl becomes his next disfigured victim. Dario Argento, the king of 'Giallo' filmmaking, returns with customary chilling flair. Named after the yellow cover art of the Italian crime novels that inspired the genre, 'Giallo' ('Yellow') films are disturbing psychological thrillers, distinguished by trademark characteristics such as ultra-stylish photography, elaborate murder sequences, graphic violence, nudity, and offbeat, atmospheric scores. The 'Giallo' movement exploded in the 1970s, bearing influential work by directors such as Mario Bava (who pioneered the genre in the early 60s) Lucio Fulci, and of course, Argento. Having already worked extensively as a screenwriter – collaborating with Sergio Leone and Bernardo Bertolucci on Once Upon a Time in the West, and co-writing cult spaghetti western The Five Man Army – 1969's Bird with the Crystal Plumage saw Argento enter the 'Giallo' arena with the first of his memorable Animal Trilogy, all featuring essential scores by Ennio Morricone. Completing that cycle with Cat O’ Nine Tales, and Four Flies on Grey Velvet, he then delivered the two films commonly regarded as his masterpieces: Deep Red (possibly the definitive example of a 'Giallo') and Suspiria, both featuring integral scores by progressive rock band Goblin. Giallo – named after both the genre and the deranged killer who features in the film – finds Argento harking back to those cult classics, spinning a dark, stylishly fractured web of fear, revolving around a heavyweight performance by Oscar®-winner Brody. Investing his character with a troubled, enigmatic charm, Brody (who also co-produced) is outstanding as the downbeat hero, unravelling the complex puzzle of his own distorted psyche, whilst relentlessly pursuing the maniacal 'Giallo' (a terrifying Byron Deirdra). As Brody pieces together the jagged, bloody shards of Argento’s house of shattered mirrors, revealing an utterly fascinating twist, it’s triumphantly clear that time has not diminished this iconic director’s abilities.

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  • #1 Mark Sim / Friday 26 June, 2009 / 10:40 GMT

    Awful
  • #2 Iain Leheny / Friday 26 June, 2009 / 14:05 GMT

    This was hilarious.

    The first fifteen minutes of this film looked promising, but as soon as Adrien Brody appeared it became apparent that the dialogue was going to be nothing more than a series of the worst movie cliches strung together for an hour and a half. It was so bad, the entire cinema was in stitches at a couple of points. Worth watching though, just for the priceless moment when the backstory of Adrien Brody's character is told in flashback... "I explained everything". Beautiful.

    And since when did BoSelecta become a serial killer?
  • #3 Lynn Weddell / Friday 26 June, 2009 / 14:08 GMT

    Did Adrian Brodie bother reading the script beforehand? The terrible dialogue kept the audience entertained at least.
  • #4 Michael Mackenzie / Friday 26 June, 2009 / 15:19 GMT

    If the rumours are be to believed, Brody (who was also one of the film's executive producers) re-wrote most of his own dialogue and weighed in on other "creative" decisions. I thought he was by far the weakest link in what was otherwise an unremarkable but watchable enough thriller. As a long-term Argentophile, this didn't even come close to the dizzy heights of his best work, but at least I was entertained.
  • #5 Robin Pendrigh / Friday 26 June, 2009 / 19:17 GMT

    I saw Giallo last night. It was, well, just terrible. The plot was so thin as to be invisible, the villian (a sort of mutant Rocky - played it seems by Adrien Brody in latex) was laughable and the whole thing was unintentionally hilarious. Argento has apparently disowned it so it's possibly not his fault it's as bad as it is. Still my mate that I saw it with is possibly his biggest fan and he was abosulutely raging at it. I was very disappointed in it and I didn't really have any expectations not being a big Argento fan (I'd previously only seen Suspiria and Mother of Tears thought the former was great and the latter daft but fun). I'm thinking that straight to DVD is about the best that can be hoped for this.
  • #6 Tom McRae / Saturday 27 June, 2009 / 21:39 GMT

    I'm still raging at how utterly terrible this film was. Incredibly un-Argento AND un-Giallo and most definitely un-interesting. Dull dull dull. Wake up Dario..........
  • #7 Jon Drinkwater / Monday 29 June, 2009 / 00:12 GMT

    Laugh-out-loud! How on earth did this make the Best of the Fest?
  • #8 Adam Matheson / Monday 29 June, 2009 / 21:00 GMT

    If this was a spoof, and to be honest with a reputable director and cast putting out a poorly shot and badly acted movie how can it not be, it was a work of utter genius. If Tarintino had done this everyone would be saying how amazing it was, and quite frankly it was still far superior to Death Proof. I saw this as part of best of the fest and it was the only film I was at that day to get a round of applause at the end. Was there a Q&A session for this after one of the screenings? That would have been worth seeing.
  • #9 Lila Giles / Saturday 12 September, 2009 / 14:19 GMT

    Absolutely terrible, fairly indicative of anything Lisa lambert is involved with! Utterly utterly awful!

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