I had never heard about this obscure giallo but after watching it i found
it to be a really good one. "Puzzle" is a crime mystery, an
thriller and also some sort of a marriage drama where not just Senta Berger
acts fine but also Luc Merenda is pretty good and, for once, the
Kid role in the movie, Duilio Cruciani as Luca also gives a great special
The soundtrack by Gianni Ferrio was nice also and the theme song sung
by Rossella made an impression too. What a voice she had.
Yes, i'm very pleased as you can see. A forgotten Giallo
released on bluray, and directed by a genre quality name as Duccio Tessari
nice acting performances - please bring these gems on. I watched this
giallo along with another of the genre gems - Sergio Pastore's "The
Crimes of the Black Cat" from 1972, also a delightful bluray release
of an obscure film.
Senta Berger ? I don't know if i've ever seen her in a film before, but
i knew she was some sort of Euro 1960's-70's sexy actress á la
Andress. Berger was very fine in this role as Sara Walden and some day
later i saw her in the 1967 crime thriller "Diaboliquement votre"
by Julian Duvivier and with Alain Delon, and she was very fine there too
(i've heard it can be seen on Netflix now).
Those amazing Euro actresses from the Golden Era of European Continental
film, as i.a. Ursula Andress, Senta Berger and Romy Schneider.
Senta Berger, Austrian actress born 1941 in a pic
from 1967 "Diaboliquement votre" - please note: NOT from "Puzzle"
The film have had a 4K restoration from a 35 mm archival
print says VCI Entertainment on the bluray sleeve, and that's fine, but
there are too many too dark scenes and the colors are a bit faded. Maybe
the archival print source had some problems ? But it has to do.
The film has a great confusing start to it (and i love that) when a man
named Peter Smith (Luc Merenda) visits a London Psychiatrist. He woke
up in a clinic 8 months ago after having a car crash and he can't remember
anything of what happened before that, of his earlier life.
A man, Philip, turns up at Peter's apartment and calls him Ted, knocks
him down and tells him that he's Ted Walden, that he's married to an
American woman and that he lives in Portofino, Italy. When the man is
about to rough Peter or Ted up he's shot in the back by a sniper through
the window. A bewildered Peter/Ted wonders WTF is going on ? His passport
says he's Peter Smith. Then he gets a telegram from someone
called Sara who informs him about his ticket home.
In Italy Sara Walden (Senta Berger) is about to meet her
since 8 months disappeared husband at the train station. She has been
that he left her without any explanation and she's unsure of if she wants
him back or not. She works as a swim teacher for kids and her colleague
and maybe boyfriend Reinhardt (Umberto Orsini) has helped and courted
her (a gorgeous woman like that, no surprise). She lives with her cute
dachshund Whiskey and she takes care of the neighbour kid, Luca .... and
she's NOT the one who sent the telegram to Ted in London.
At the train-station she recognizes Ted but he has no
idea of what his wife looks like (he will be pleasantly surprised for
sure). Nasty things start
to happen, a man stalks Sara and attacks her at home. Sara and Ted decides
to try and make a new start as husband and wife but the unpleasant
things going on makes him believe that he could've been a bad person before
the accident and the one's who arranged his return could be killers.
Not gory but very recommended. Senta Berger is luscious
and very good and one of the best "Gialli Women in Peril" of
Regarding Whiskey the Dog's unfortunate demise the filmmakers assured
us and stated in the end credits that a Real dog actually had been killed
when filming the scene .... Nooo, i was only kidding, i love dachhunds
they are cute, small and fearless and no animal was hurt when filming.
Anita Strinberg only makes a cameo role in the film as a mysterious woman
with knowledge about Ted's life before his accident.
The film is presented in widescreen 1.85:1 with an english
audio dub with english subtitles. Two disc edition with the film on a
bluray or a DVD.
Extra an audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, a poster gallery, other trailers
for VCI films and with a textsheet. Region ALL