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A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (Cinema Classics) [Paperback]

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A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (Cinema Classics) by Kier-la Janisse

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Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 15, 2007
Publisher   FAB Press
ISBN  1903254485  
ISBN13  9781903254486  

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More About Kier-la Janisse

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kier-La Janisse co-founded the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre & The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in Montreal, where she edits the online magazine Spectacular Optical. She programmed for the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Fest and the Big Smash! Music-on-Film Fest, and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror. She writes for Filmmaker, Rue Morgue & Fangoria, contributed to The Scarecrow Movie Guide and Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punk on Film, and authored A Violent Professional, published by FAB Press in 2007.

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I'm quoted in this book!  Jul 11, 2008
Yep, I'm as shocked as you are, but I wrote a mini-bio of this actor based largely off following his notorious career, conjecture, and second-hand accounts of conversations many years ago. It turns out my mini-bio was largely incorrect as this book goes to great pains to show.

Mostly I'm shocked that anyone else actually took notice of or knows anything about this largely ignored character actor, who was a fixture of Italian cinema in bit parts following the whole cycle from Spaghetti Westerns of the mid-60's to the Conan knockoffs of the early 80's. Rossi of course dabbled in everything in between from the DIRTY DOZEN-inspired war films to the Nazisploitation, crime, giallo, and gory horror cycle, working with directors from Tinto Brass to Lucio Fulci to Umbero Lenzi (almost all my favorites). With a book focusing on him, we're due for similarly OCD novellas chronicling the careers of Salvatore Billa and Nello Pazzafini (just as interesting of careers in my opinion).

The author went to GREAT pains to witness almost all of Rossi's roles, even the bittiest of parts in the obscure movies. As much as I love Rossi's twitchy uncomfortable-looking nature, I'd never bother to sit through 8 hours of Italian-only L'ODDISSEA just to see his 2-minute cameo! This book makes lots of such torture largely unnecessary but raises a lot of interest in films you may have never heard about too.

On top of that, it's quite colorful and flavorful as the author (I'm assuming a woman) appears to have a crush on the late actor... or at least the characters he played. She even rates with a scale of hearts how cute he is in each movie (complete with a synopsis of his role and how prominent it was amidst the rest of the cast).

Shame of not doing as diligent research aside, I found this book quite fascinating and read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. It largely helped however that I share this author's fixation (to a smaller degree) and have actually seen the majority of the films mentioned.

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