All the Colors of Giallo (2019)

Directed by Federico Caddeo

Documentary | History


‘Giallo’ is Italian for ‘yellow’, the color of the lurid pulp novels that inspired one of the most intense, extreme and influential genres in movie history. In this unprecedented collection, experience the full chronological evolution of giallo with more than 100 rare and classic trailers from such masters as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Umberto Lenzi and many more. Then slip on black leather gloves and set the mood with a Bonus CD of legendary soundtrack music from composers that include Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani and others, along with all-new featurettes that thrust even deeper into the genre. “But be warned,” says, “Once you start going down the blood- slicked giallo rabbit hole, you may become dangerously obsessed.”

Rated NR | Length 89 minutes


Lamberto Bava | Barbara Bouchet | Luciano Ercoli | Edwige Fenech | Lucio Fulci | Ernesto Gastaldi | George Hilton | Umberto Lenzi | Sergio Martino | Fabio Melelli | Nieves Navarro | Daria Nicolodi | Dario Argento

Viewing History (seen 2 times)

Date ViewedDeviceFormatSourceRating
01/24/2024TVStreamingVideo on Demand7 stars
07/20/2019TVBlu-rayLibrary6 stars

Viewing Notes

Shouldn’t be surprised that my library had this. Very academic and probably not that informative for fans of giallo. That’s to say if you know the general history of giallo books and have seen many giallo films, that part really won’t be interesting (i.e. “here all the main elements of a giallo film”). Yet of course now I wanna watch giallo films :-)

Between historians and filmmakers, there’s no agreement as to the first giallo film (they start w/Blood and Black Lace “that’s the first giallo!” then next up is Bird w/the Crystal Plummage “that’s the first giallo!” they proclaim then spend the next hour presenting giallo films that came before it).

Fulci throws major shade at Argento, who ponders why anyone likes his movies. Bizarre.

Great to see Luciano Ercoli in this! As well as Nieves Navarro (aka Susan Scott) after just viewing Death Walks on High Heels this morning.

I guess George Hilton is finally over his disdain for making giallo films given that he’s here and forthcoming about his participation + working with Fenech. Maybe because he’s so old now he no longer cares but it’s nice to see him here being open about them albeit a short segment.

Edwige Fenech still looks amazing and it was great she was included b/c she really is the actress of giallo. Also cool to have Sergio Martino discuss a few of his films and how he got Fenech into the business.

Good to see Lenzi given that he died a couple years ago. Made me wonder when this documentary was made or started. He’s great and just like the other directors, thinks he started giallo films.

Overall this is a good watch to see/hear these filmmakers talk about the giallo movement just don’t expect to learn anything new except some behind the scenes stuff from the filmmakers. The doc abruptly ends without any conclusion or outlook or impact. Weird.

This Blu also has 4 hours of giallo trailers “Giallothon” as it’s called. Unfortunately most of them haven’t been restored and look awful on my HDTV. I turned it off after 20 minutes or so.


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