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Forgotten Gialli: Garden of Delights

Part of our series on Forgotten Gialli

"...for the secrets of the analyst's couch are as those of the confessional, only more interesting." —John Collier.

Love and Death in the Garden of the Gods (Amore e morte nel giardino degli dei, 1972) is a lovely test case for how far the giallo could stray from its sources of inspiration and still be true to itself.

Those sources: the original pulp yellowbacks that featured Agatha Christie and Edgar Wallace novels, writers who favored elaborate, formalist plot mechanics over plausibility or psychology; Edgar Allan Poe and his hysterical, irrational nightmare narratives; Hitchcock and film noir, the marriage of vivid, obtrusive technique to suspense and crime scenarios; the German krimi, which adapted Wallace with noir stylistics; the Italian art cinema and the celebration of aesthetic statements that overflow any narrative requirement.

"I didn't want to kill her... but I didn't want her animal eyes on me any more.

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