So, finally i got to see this almost legendary Giallo and/or Eurocrime
movie in a fine restored Blu-ray edition. There has always been people
talking about in horror and gialli forums, people who owned obscure
VHS or DVD releases of it. Some hailing it and some claiming it to be
too arty for it's own good. Well, here it is presented by the (new?)
british and very promising looking company Nucleus Films.
Yes, it's certainly a fascinating and experimental art
crime thriller & giallo about murder schemes at a high-tech poultry
farm, and with great
acting from Jean-Louis Trintignant and Gina Lollobrigida ... and our
own Ewa Aulin in what must be her best screen performance.
Maybe, in the end, a bit too arty for the rather plain giallo-esque
story, but the cinematography was great and the avant-garde type of
by composer Bruno Maderna, sounding like nothing you've ever heard before,
it really draws you into the film and i liked it a lot.
In the extras a soundtrack vinyl collector tells us that this film's
ST is ultra-rare and worth a fortune. The sleeve with Godess Gina Lollobrigida
on it in a delightful pose may be the most alluring i've ever seen.
Death Laid an Egg is directed by the unconventional
and slightly eccentric filmmaker Giulio Questi, the man behind the very
Django, Kill! with Tomas Milian in 1967 (a review written
in swedish on my Cult & classics page 2, spaghetti westerns) where
like an Italian Alejandro Jodorowsky. An interview from 2009 is included
in the extras on this Blu-ray disc and he seems to be a somewhat
intellectually proned person and filmmaker.
The film starts with an audio-visual attack on your
senses, a man in a hotel room murders a woman stabbing her to death,
and another man
listens through the wall, and this with amazing avant-garde
electronic music blaring at you on the soundtrack. WTF is going on?
You feel a bit bewildered and the film has grabbed your attention, i
like that and a great opening it is. A paranoia thriller is a coming
Marco (Jean-Louis Trintignant, during these years one
of the most sought after actors in the world) is married to rich beauty
Anna (Gina Lollo-
brigida) the owner of a modern mechanized poultry farm and with secret
chicken embryo research about using mutations.
Anna's cousin Gabrielle (Ewa Aulin) lives with them and has a love affair
with Marco, obviously not satisfied with being married to one of the
most beautiful women in the world (Gina).
But, when the Poultry Association gives Marco an assignment to come
up with some new concept for advertising to promote poultry to the
public and gets a younger man (Jean Sobiesky), a publicity agent, as
a helper things start to get troubled. Well, even more troubled that
Marco already is inclined to murder prostitutes in hotel rooms. A found
piece of cloth with strange symbols on it, mutated chickens without
heads and who the heck is Luigi (Renato Romano) a maybe mentally ill
man who claims to be an old friend to Marco ?
Yeah, WTF happened to Luigi? No one knows.
The film is presented in widescreen original aspect
ratio 1.85:1 (according to www.blu-ray.com, it's not stated on sleeve)
with an english or
italian audio LPCM stereo with english subtitles. Region B.
This is the fully restored director's cut 104 minutes version
A restored alternate Giallo edition 91 minutes of the
Discovering Questi: James Blackford British Film Institute (20 minutes,
Sonic explorations: ST collector Lovely Jon about italian soundtracks
and composer Bruno Maderna (23 minutes, 2017)
Audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman - yes, the 2 bores that
ruined the commentary to Lady Frankenstein, but OK here as the
film with it's arty look suits these more highbrow horror film experts
Questi, a conversation with (12 minutes, 2009), BBFC cuts, Antonio Bruschin
review (5 minutes, who mentions a 110 minutes version?),
Promotion gallery, Home Video gallery, Craig Leadbetter's European Trash
Cinema issue about the film,
English credits, German credits, English and Italian trailer, about