Sunday, January 8, 2023

New book release Make Them Die Slowly: the Kinetic Cinema of Umberto Lenzi


Make Them Die Slowly: the Kinetic Cinema of Umberto Lenzi

Author: Troy Howarth


Country: U.S.A.

Publisher: Self published

Language: English

Pages: 487


ISBN-13: 979-8357048967

Available: October 9, 2022


Troy Howarth, the acclaimed author of such books as Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy, Real Depravities: The Films of Klaus Kinski, and Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter, guides the reader through the ups and downs of one of Italy’s true cinema provocateurs. In addition to offering ample biographical information on Lenzi’s life and career, as well as in-depth commentary on the man’s films, there are plenty of anecdotes and memories courtesy of friends, colleagues, and even family members which help to flesh out the portrait of a very complex individual. There are also numerous rare behind-the-scenes photos in addition to promotional artwork and images from the films.


Over the course of more than 60 feature films, Umberto Lenzi cemented his reputation as a prolific and diverse maker of popular entertainments—and yet, for many he remains a marginal figure. Make Them Die Slowly: The Kinetic Cinema of Umberto Lenzi fills the gap in assessing Lenzi’s place and importance in the wild landscape of Italian genre filmmaking. With so many of his best works finally getting the attention they deserve on home video, the time is ripe for an exploration of the work of a man who devoted his life to his passion for the cinema.

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