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Blood in the Streets

Histories of Violence in Italian Crime Cinema

Austin Fisher

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A historical contextualisation of 1970s Italian genre films that depicted violent crime in contemporary Italy

Blood in the Streets investigates the various ways in which 1970s Italian crime films were embedded in their immediate cultural and political contexts. The book analyses the emergence, proliferation and distribution of a range of popular film cycles (or filoni) – from conspiracy thrillers and vigilante films, to mafia and serial killer narratives – and examines what these reveal about their time and place.

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1 Italian Crime Films and the Years of Lead

2 Corruption and Conspiracy in the Poliziottesco and the Vigilante Filone

3 Nostalgic Gangsters and the Mafia Filone

4 Serial Killing and the Giallo

5 Enter … If You Dare! The Cross-Cultural Reception of Crime Filoni




About the Author

Austin Fisher is Principal Academic in Media Production at Bournemouth University. He is the author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western, editor of Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads and Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond, and founding co-editor of the ‘Global Exploitation Cinemas’ book series. His main area of expertise concerns popular Italian cinema’s relationship with political movements of the 1960s and 1970s.


The filone is the subject; film convention, cycles and series the method; and government corruption, crime syndicates, policing, murder mysteries, street riots and political violence is the topic of enquiry. Adroitly pulling these strands together, Austin Fisher has produced one of the finest histories of post-war Italian popular cinema.

- Peter Stanfield, author of Hoodlum Movies: seriality and the outlaw biker film cycle, 1966-1972

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