A Reception Study of the Films of Dario Argento in the UK and Italy


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dc.contributor.advisor Sexton, Jamie
dc.contributor.advisor Egan, Kate
dc.contributor.author Hunter, Russell
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-13T08:52:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-13T08:52:12Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Hunter, Russ, (2009) 'A Reception Study of the Films of Dario Argento in the UK and Italy', Department of Theatre and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/3516
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents the processes and outcomes of a comparative critical reception study of the films of Italian horror and giallo director Dario Argento in the UK and Italy. Situating itself broadly within the study of European popular genre cinema, and taking a reception studies approach, it identifies and compares the frames of reference of his films within those countries, as evidenced in materials available in the public sphere, such as film reviews, feature articles, interviews and new stories. By studying the critical reception of Argento's films in two regions this study has been able to assess how his films tap into, oppose, or stimulate, existing frames of reference within local culture; and investigate the function and effectiveness of local and cross-cultural public discussion on its consumption (or objections to it). The material discussed in this study suggests that the cultural status of the horror and giallo film genres and their relation to popular cultural discourses varies between these two cultural contexts. In the UK, this thesis argues, the application of the term cult to his work is seen as a culturally ambiguous term that has been utilised because as a concept it fitted the idea of a phenomenon critics could not themselves quite make sense of, namely the continued career (and niche popularity) of a director whose work was at best tolerated and at worst critically panned. In Italy, Argento’s popular appeal has increasingly run against critical opinion of his work, which has been strongly influenced by the highly political nature of the Italian cultural sphere. This work argues that this continued popular appeal has meant that critics have shifted focus from attacking his work on narrative grounds, to instead reflecting upon his national and international significance as an Italian filmmaker in order to maintain a culturally ‘relevant’ position in relation to him. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.rights The student has requested that this electronic version of the thesis does not include the main body of the work - i.e. the chapters and conclusion. The other sections of the thesis are available as a research resource. en
dc.title A Reception Study of the Films of Dario Argento in the UK and Italy en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype doctoral thesis en

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