Imagine you’re the editor of an Italian giallo movie in the eighties and real murders, accompanied by weird bloody somethings, are taking place on the set. The Canadian The Editor not only gives us a fascinating insight on the set of a typical giallo – almost like the making of an imaginary movie – it’s also a loving homage to this terrific and typically Italian genre.
Let’s recapitulate. Giallo’s are mysterious murder tales in which the suspense of a Hitchcock movie is combined with gruesome body horror. Gialli are known for their flamboyant and experimental scripts, strange visuals, strongly elaborated production design, bold use of colors and lots of attention to music and atmosphere. The holy trinity of giallo directors consists of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci. The term giallo, Italian for yellow, refers to the color of the cover of the novels that inspired the gialli. Recently the genre has gathered some new international attention with Belgian directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears. The Editor, in its own fantastic, absurd and overwhelming way, contributes to the revival of this playful and unique genre.