Early giallo and
a crime-mystery based on the real famous Italian Alleghe killings case.
An arty and atmospherically shot film in black & white
and directed by Luigi "The FifthcCord" and "Footprints
on the Moon" Bazzoni, the latter one of my all time gialli favourites
(with the great
Florinda Bolkan in one of her best roles). Film Noir meets Giallo, and
maybe a bit of style over substance, with fine actress Valentina Cortese
in one of the main roles. A young Giannetto De Rossi did some make-up
effects and Franco Rossellini co-directed the film.
A famous and successful but depressed writer, Bernard
(Peter Baldwin), goes for a vacation to a village at an alpine lake.
A place he has visited
before, and he checks in at the same hotel, the same room at the end
of the corridor as last year. Why has he come ? To relax and write on
new book or to meet the beautiful blonde hotel maid, Tilde (Virna Lisi)
he met last time ? Probably the latter, but where's she ?
The answer to that is, she's dead. Tilde has committed suicide, by poison
... and a slit throat. There's a mystery surrounding her death and,
in most gialli, our protagonist, Bernard, has to sleuth around and find
the answer to why she died.
Turnable Blu-ray sleeve
The Players in this crime-mystery are: The Hunchbacked
photographer of the village/town, Francesco, the hotel manager, Mr.
Randone, his daughter Irma (Valentina Cortese), his son Mario, the violent
village butcher and his unhappy wife Adriana (Pia Lindström, the
daughter of Ingrid Bergman) and Tilde's father, the hobo who lives in
This Blu-ray is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 black
& white with either an italian audio with english subtitles or an
Extras are an audio commentary by Tim Lucas, a booklet with texts and
pictures, a video appreciation by Richard Dyer (25 minutes, in english),
Lipstick Marks . an interview with make-up and special effects expert
Giannetto De Rossi (11 minutes in italian with english subs, 2018),
Memories - an interview with art director Dante Ferretti (16 minutes
in italian with english subs, 2018), The Legacy of the Bazzoni Brothers
an interview with actor/director and friend Francesco Barilli (30 minutes
in italian with english subs, 2018), Italian and English trailers