The first 30 minutes are some of the most marvelous and original filmmaking in the Euro horror genre, a series of slice of life moments captured in static widescreen tableaus and superbly played out by Lazenby and a heartbroking Nicoletta Elmi. The typical gialli visuals which intrudes on them feels like a nightmare destroying a life genuinely lived. After that it's more conventional, but by then the spell is cast.
dcp (à partir du 35mm du musée du cinéma de Torino). Un film qui commence très bien mais qu'en écartent les enfants (les victimes et centre d'intérêt) perd sa force et son sens. Très curieuse et inventive musique d'Ennio Morricone, bien que cette brumeuse Venise.
I'm a great fan of Aldo Lado who, as though Dario Argento always forgets to mention it, co-wrote the screenplay of 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'. Now, if you want to discover the giallo genre, see 'Who Saw Her Die?', a film with shocking murders and a great Ennio Morricone musical score. It's not a masterpiece but it's way better than the hundreds of gialli you can buy on the internet. Highly recommended.
This has everything I love about the giallo - cheesy 70s facial hair, delirious dubbing, obstreperous nannies, assorted Eurotrash of both genders, fetishistic closeups, killer-p.o.v. shots, and kiddies so cutesy they're just begging for a brick to the skull. Not that the killer "gets away with it" - hey, he's got this movie on his resume! Watch for Fassbinder regular Peter Chatel in a neat fur coat.
Excellent giallo thriller delivers most everything you'd want from the genre: sharp, stylish filmmaking by director Aldo Lado, a plot full of eccentric characters and lurid twists, beautiful shots of Venice, and all set to an effectively eerie score by Ennio Morricone. A must for giallo fans.
One of the most dreadful giallos I've ever seen. George Lazenby lost 35lbs for the role but I can't imagine why since he only plays a sculptor living in Venice. As a result, he spends the entire film looking sickly and unhappy. Very little violence, lots of 70's-style nudity. I'd like to forget this film if I could.