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January Giallo


Thursday, January 18, 2024 | 7:30pm

Little Theatre 1 (240 East Ave.)
Doors open at 7:00pm

Standard ticket prices
Tickets available online in advance, or at the door.

An unconventional French giallo released before the sub-genre’s popularity boom, The Strangler centers on Émile (Jacques Perrin, The Young Girls of Rochefort), a handsome young man targeting women he believes are too depressed to go on living. As multiple women fall to Émile’s suffocating white scarf, inspector Simon Dangret, the detective assigned to track down the killer, resorts to seriously unorthodox and even unethical methods to get his man with the assistance of Anna, a beautiful woman who believes herself to be a potential victim.

Praised as a “complex, melancholic meditation on isolation as well as a portrait of collective hysteria” by the New York Film Festival, the film equally subverts and indulges in the conventions of the giallo with unexpected beauty and refinement. Director Paul Vecchiali has been hailed as a “icon of a rebellious, reflexive, and emotionally excessive cinema” by Le Monde and celebrated for his prolific filmography and decades spanning career as a critic, director, and producer.

Brand New 2K Restoration courtesy Altered Innocence. A selection of the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and New York Film Festival.

Original title: L’Étrangleur

Not Rated | 1 hr 36 min | Crime/Horror | 1970
France | In French, with English subtitles

Directed by Paul Vecchiali

About the series

So Fetch!
January Giallo

Sharpen your razor and slip on your black gloves to celebrate this classic crime and mystery horror sub-genre, all month long! Mixing classic and cult giallos from Italy and beyond. More details

Co-Presented by Anomaly – The Rochester Genre Film Festival and Cinematic Void.