Giallo Names

Below is a guest post written by my sister, Abby, who occasionally blogs over on The Beautiful Strange. We hope you enjoy this post and have a fun and safe Halloween!

What exactly is Giallo? The Italian word for yellow, originally a term to used to describe cheap mystery books with yellow covers that enjoyed an immense amount of popularity in Italy, but in the late 1960s, a genre of film emerged that would take the same name. 

A traditional Giallo film includes many themes that would ensure its skyrocketing popularity in the early-to-mid 1970s: mystery elements, thrills, psychological horror, sometimes with black-gloved slashers or wide-eyed mediums. While all of these aspects are not always guaranteed to be featured, and many critics argue about how to define a genre so unique and with so many archetypes, one thing you’re certain to find in every film is great style and European aestheticism. If you’re a big fan of the 70s’ and 60s’, horror films, and intriguing thrills, be sure to give these a go!

Below I’ve listed a selection of the most interesting names from a few famous Giallo films. I’ve split them into character and actress names, as there are many fascinating real-life names, too!


Characters:

Solange Beauregard (What Have You Done to Solange?)

Herta Rosseni (What Have You Done to Solange?)

Mirta Ricci (Black Belly of the Tarantula)

Minou (The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) 

Floriana (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

Fausta (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

Franziska Wildenbrück (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times)

Ginevra Storelli (Who Saw Her Die?)

Mizar Harrington (The Case of the Bloody Iris)

Corringa (Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye)

Federica Donati (A Bay of Blood)

Tilde (Tenebrae) 

Arletty (Messiah of Evil)

Dalia (Four Flies on Grey Velvet)

Gloria Ducci (The Psychic) 

Bruna (The Psychic) 

Clorinda (Spasmo) 

Naiba Campbell (Eyeball)

Flavia (A Quiet Place in the Country)

Egle (A Quiet Place in the Country)

Orchidea (The Perfume of the Lady in Black)

Fabienne Béranger (The Designated Victim)

Gioia (Delirium)

Nevenka (The Whip and the Body)


Actresses:

Edwige Fenech

Nieves Navarro 

Rada Rassimov

Dagmar Lassander 

Rosella Falk 

Helga Ursula “Uschi” Glas 

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

Alida Valli 

Eufemia “Femi” Benussi

Solvi Stubing

Lorella De Luca 

Merle “Mimsy” Farmer 

Dalila Di Lazarro

Eleonora Rossi Drago (born Palmira Omiccioli)

Rosita Torosh

Semka Sokolović-Bertok

Ermelinda De Felice 

Macha Méril (born Princess Maria-Magdalena Vladimirovna Gagarina) 

Isa Miranda (born Ines Isabella Sampietro)

Mirella D’Angelo 

Elke Sommer 

Sylva Koscina (born Silvija Košćina)

Ewa Aulin 

Niké Arrighi

Rosalba Neri

Florinda Bolkan

Ania Pieroni 

Claudine Auger 

Marina Malfati 

Comments

  1. Thanks Abby, there are some really cool names here. I'd never heard of Giallo before, so interesting.

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