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Imaginary portrait of Poggio Bracciolini
Imaginary portrait of Poggio Bracciolini

"On this subject, we'd like to point out two extremely entertaining movies which display a veritable catalogue of Freud, Jung, Ellis and so on psycho-analytically-inspired sexual perversions, marked by an explicit erotic component: Nel Labirinto del Sesso (The Labyrinth of Sex, 1969) by Alfonso Brescia - featuring, incredibly so, the scientific advice of Dr. Emilio Servadio - and, above all the delirious Rivelazioni di uno Psichiatra sul Mondo Perverso del Sesso (1973) by Renato Polselli."--Psychopathia Sexualis in Italian Sinema (1968 - 1972) (2004) by Piselli and Morrocchi

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Italian exploitation refers to Italian exploitation culture is literature and films in the "low culture" tradition originating from Italy, cultural products which address the prurient interests of its audience. A quick glance at Italian society on the one hand, which its firm anchor in puritan Christianity, and its abundance on the other hand of graphic exploitation material, quickly reveals its double standards.

In print culture there has been giallo fiction, quickly followed by adult comics, the so-called fumetti neri.

But the nature of Italian prurience is most readily revealed in Italian cinema. Genres such as cannibal films, Decamerotici, Italian horror films, giallo films, mondo films, il sexy, spaghetti westerns, sword and sandal films all went a bit further than contemporary products of European exploitation.



cannibal film - exploitation film - Italian erotica - Italian horror - giallo films - mondo films - il sexy - spaghetti western - sword and sandal films



Joe D'Amato - Dario Argento - Mario Bava - Tinto Brass - Ruggero Deodato - Lucio Fulci - Riccardo Freda - Gualtiero Jacopetti - Sergio Leone - Antonio Margheriti - Bruno Mattei

Screenwriters: Ernesto Gastaldi


Italian genre cinema

Italian cinema, genre cinema

Adult comics


Italian erotica

Italian erotica

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