Italy Digs Blaxploitation!
The first presentation of film in Italy was in February of 1896 by Vittorio Calcina at the Ospedale di Carita in Turin. Blaxploitation Films made their debut in Italy during the mid 1970’s. As with most international releases of American films, each film would screen a few years after the American release.
Blaxploitation film actor Fred Williamson is quoted as saying about Italian film fans:
“I think the Italians are probably the best in the entire world, and maybe the French in the same way, that once you become a recognizable star, they give it to you for life. You don’t keep having to make that hit picture. You don’t have to be continuously working at putting your name up on the screen so that they remember you. Once they recognize you and know that’s who you are, they give you polite recognition. So when you’re a star, you’re always a star. And, you know, that’s so great about a foreign country like Italy. And to be honest, I think of France in the same way.”
The Italian movie poster artists produced some of the most beautiful movie poster artwork in the world.
A number of these posters are a part of the Museum Of UnCut Funk Collection.