Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Franco and Ciccio as box-office barometer?

I watched the Franco and Ciccio giallo spoof Two Cats of Nine and a Half Tails in Amsterdam last night. While I haven't yet formulated my thoughts on the film itself, it did occur to me that for the period in Italian cinema when they were active it would potentially be possible to chart the contours of the what was currently popular at the box-office by charting what they were making.

Like later porn titles that reference a commercially successful mainstream film, theirs is in certain ways a stamp of approval and a sign of success, of sufficiently penetrating the wider public consciousness.

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