Don't Torture A Duckling (18)

Friday 01 December 2017 to Saturday 02 December 2017

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  • Director Lucio Fulci
  • Origin Italy
  • Year 1972
  • Duration 98 minutes

This rather wonderful Giallo (the Italian violent thrillers named after the publishing trend of bright yellow book covers for the mysteries) is a great example of the ways in which a popular form, here the giallo style of violent thriller, can be used to critique institutions. In Lucio Fulci’s (Zombie Flesh Eaters) film, a series of murders of young boys takes place in a rural village where suspicion falls on those residents that are different and considered outsiders. Rumour has it that Fulci was blacklisted due to his critical representation of Italy’s powerful social institutions.

Part of QUAD's Thrillers season. See all fifteen films in this season for just £50 with a Thriller Season Pass.

SPECIAL CAFÉ BAR SOUNDTRACK NIGHT: On Saturday 2nd December, the screening at 6:30pm will be introduced by Fright Club historian Darrell Buxton. Then he will step behind the decks in QUAD Café bar with Adam Marsh and Daryn Shepherd for a night of Italian soundtracks! Expect Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani, Riz Ortolandi, Gobin, Fabio Frizzi and of course the legendary Ennio Morricone.

Part of States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s, a touring season presented by HOME, Manchester. Programme curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, produced by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager, and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film Team. 

Presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.