I've been trying to find out which film had the child stalking scene, and this was it! My hunt is over. The flawed lead and his acquaintances are just off enough to be thoroughly watchable. At times very breathtaking. Seeing that red hotel (?) lobby for the first time made my mouth drop at how stunning it was, and I even first watched it on a tad pix-elated DVDrip, so kudos there. Bazzoni knows his pretty buildings!
Even though the plotting tends to get tedious and unsatisfying in places, this is one of the most exquisitely shot giallos ever - the attention to architecture and space alone is fucking awe-inspiring. And we actually get an interesting and fleshed out male protagonist (a rarity in the genre usually populated by empty and undeveloped anti-heroes) with Franco Nero's flawed, alcoholic journalist turned investigator