The Double Hour  

by director Giuseppe Capotondi

Although I am Italian, I can’t say my cinematic taste was educated by Antonioni, Fellini or the masters of neorealism (whom I discovered later). I started to go to the movies in the ‘80s and my idea of Cinema was Italian Giallo, that weird, anarchic, sexy genre that mixed crime story, film noir, horror, erotica and psychological thriller (yes, all together). Directors like Argento, Barilli, Damiani, Bava—they were my heroes. What they were making was truly post-modern cinema, the most original Italian product to date.

Then, for the same reason dinosaurs disappeared (basically they were too over the top and all over the place), it all ended. Unfortunately, in the last 20 years, little has been made to try to revamp this genre.  I hope The Double Hour can be one of those isolated cases trying to do that, although when you make a film, your only worry is really that the film will work per se, not necessarily as the Viagra for an aging film genre.

Regardless, it was a lot of fun to make, especially thanks to two incredible actors such as Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi, whose amazing talent is only paired by their dedication. Call it freshman's luck, but I couldn't have been more fortunate.

Hope you’ll enjoy.

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