Creative energy without creative industry: Mario Bava

Audissino, Emilio (2014) Creative energy without creative industry: Mario Bava. In: 9th NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) Conference, 19-21 June 2014, Milan, Italy. (Unpublished)

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Compared to Hollywood, Italian cinema is more a matter of craftsmanship than industry. Genre films, in particular, have typically been disregarded and had to struggle with dramatically slim budgets. Mario Bava was probably the most outstanding example: on many an occasion he managed to compensate the lack of a supporting creative industry with his own creative energy. 2014 marks the centennial of Bava's birth and the paper aims at illustrating his deftness in manufacturing very low-budget and yet ingenious films that have eventually come to exercise a seminal influence world-wide.

The case study will be a comparative stylistic analysis of excerpts from Bay of Blood (Reazione a catena, 1971), an outstanding model for the American slasher films of the 1980s, with Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), a quasi-remake slasher by the Hollywood creative Industry (Paramount Pictures) which replicated some of Bava's set-pieces almost verbatim.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Film and television
Depositing User: Emilio Audissino
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 15:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:19

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