Italian Film Festival

Blood and Black Lace / 6 donne per l’assassino

Info: Italy, 1964, 88 mins, DCP

Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Director: Mario Bava

Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner


  • Friday January 3, 2020 - 9:15 pm
  • Wednesday January 8, 2020 - 4:30 pm

"Few gialli are as visually accomplished as this, which marks a high bar for the genre that wasn’t matched, much less exceeded, until the release of Dario Argento’s Deep Red." Russ Fischer, IndieWire

"Few films are anywhere near as lovely as Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace." Bryant Frazer, Deep Focus

"One of Bava’s most accomplished works, executed with a dazzling, unprecedented use of bright colors and deep shadows." Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Giallo is Italian for yellow. But it’s also the name of a brand of hyper-saturated sex thrillers – a sleazy, chroma-injected local take on film noir – which thrived in Italian cinema between the mid 1960s and the early 80s. Ironically, if you had to pick a dominant colour for these movies, it would certainly be profondo rosso (deep red) – the giallo name derived from a series of crime paperbacks popular in the 50s – but in the hands of key directors like Mario Bava, who essentially invented the form, and Dario Argento (Tenebrae; Suspiria) a tawdry, twisty whodunnit could be transformed into a symphony of shadows and light, blazing visual and sonic effects, and eye-boggling camera moves.

Blood and Black Lace was the one that started it all, from the first name in Italian horror. Mario Bava’s seminal giallo touchstone, about a murder spree in a high-end fashion house, was profoundly influential on Argento, Craven, Tarantino and Scorsese, not to mention on the recent cult item, In Fabric. Between its excessive use of color, hothouse tone and pioneering proto-slasher setpieces, Blood and Black Lace is an ultimate embodiment of the genre.

Our mini Gialli series also includes The Fifth Cord (Saturday), and Tenebrae (Sunday).