Italy attracted international acclaim during the 1960s for its cycle of spaghetti westerns, but what is sometimes overlooked is the emergence of another body of exploitation films: the giallo film. The word “giallo” translates in Italian to “yellow”, and the title of giallo films derived from paperback detective novels released in post-fascist Italy by the Milanese publishing company Mondadori which had yellow covers. “Rosso” – the Italian for red – might have been more appropriate as the films are covered in blood.
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”
Margaret Thatcher during an interview with Italian broadcaster RAI, 10 March 1986.