DVD: Giallo (18)
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Friday 05 August 2011
A killer with an oddly yellow hue is abducting women on the streets of Rome and torturing them in his lair.
When a model goes missing, her sister implores a New York detective to track her down before it is too late. Dario Argento doesn't mess around with much plot development in Giallo, instead moving quickly to the torture. That the film is short is perhaps its main attribute virtue. The in-joke of the killer's skin colour – "giallo" refers to the genre, the Italian word for yellow and slang for thriller novels – palls quickly. Despite the casting of Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, the acting is almost universally terrible – everyone seems to have been dubbed badly – and pacing is flat.
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