“Blood in the Streets: Negotiating History Through the Italian Vigilante Film”
This lecture, delivered by Austin Fisher, will enter the debates surrounding history and film by examining a cycle of Italian vigilante films from the 1970s in their historical, political and industrial contexts, arguing that such films as Revolver (Sollima, 1973) and Street Law (Castellari, 1974) display an alternative mode of historical engagement: one whose production context of rapidly-replicated formulae responds in a more inadvertent, symptomatic manner to historical preoccupations of its era.
Austin Fisher is Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Studies at Bournemouth University, author of Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western (IB Tauris), founding co-editor of Bloomsbury’s “Global Exploitation Cinemas” book series, and editor of the forthcoming books Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond (Bloomsbury) and Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads (Edinburgh University Press). He is founding Co-Chair of the SCMS “Transnational Cinemas” Scholarly Interest Group, serves on the Editorial Boards of the [in]Transition and Transnational Cinemas journals, and is founder of the Spaghetti Cinema festival. He is currently working on his next monograph, entitled Blood in the Streets: Histories of Violence in Italian Crime Films of the 1970s (Edinburgh University Press).
The lecture is open to CMH members, staff, and students . Please join us to hear Dr Fisher on Wednesday 13 April 6-7.30pm in Poole House, P406.