The brevity of the murders here is more reminiscent of an Agatha Christie mystery, albeit the sleaziest and most cynical one. The success is contained more within the narrative tricks and payoff, rather than an emphasis on set piece or mise en scene like we might expect from giallo. I'm not averse to a remake, the themes even more relevant now, though Refn's style with this would exploit a certain grimness.
Quite an affecting little giallo with a lovely score and some inspired stylistic touches. Camille Keaton (in her first film role) and super hunk Fabio Testi make this worth a watch. Of course the gender politics are fucked, but you don't come to the Italian sleazemasters for socially conscious entertainment do you?
Out of print for years, I was so happy when Arrow Video announced their release of this underrated giallo. The plot is surprisingly intricate and actually takes emphasis off of the murders. Although the final reveal is given away a little too easily, the motivation behind the killings is startling and disturbing in the best ways. Ennio Morricone's score is among his best and in a style I wish he have explored more.
Oh, it was fine. Not quite Suspiria but very nearly in the same ballpark. Italian Catholic neuroses and sexual-terror played out (bizarrely, unbelievably) in England. Some nice misty girl school photography, however, helps to balance out the wooden acting (the lone Italian being exemplary) and the surfeit of misogyny. Brilliant Morricone theme tune aside, this is just a vaguely creepy run-of-the-mill giallo.
I love giallos. Where else could you admire schoolgirls wearing miniskirts in a church while attending a funeral ceremony ? But let's be serious for a while and appreciate the other qualities of this film like the always fun visit of the girls' shower room or the original way the unknown killer murders his victims. Beautifully lighted up, What Have You Done to Solange? is a must for any giallo fan. Recommended.
A very compelling giallo about young girls getting murdered in a London boarding school. If you see it for the first time it's pretty much impossible to guess who the killer is until a pivotal character comes in. Haunting score by Morricone and a lot of attention paid to the plot in a genre that doesn't always deliver in that regard.