Maybe this film isn't a typical giallo, as there are
no killer dressed in black or a subjective camera seen through the killers
and maybe it isn't a regular Polizieschi either as there are no mobsters
either, but a Eurocrime with a murder mystery and a bad
cop there is. Also there are the genre favourites Franco
Nero and the Gialli goddess, my Brazilian favourite, Florinda
added to that a complicated plot which maybe, makes it a giallo after
all. So, Macchie di Belletto is a Giallo and a pretty good one.
In the intro a man is shot seen through a window, the
place is Rome and the mans name is Romani (Marino Mase in a very brief
performance). At the same time a shady corrupt immigration office cop,
Stefano Belli (Franco Nero) gets a fat offer from a rich
lawyer, Fontana (the lovely Adolfo Celi)) who wants Belli to look to
that Fontana's son Mino's (Maurizio Bonuglia) relationship
with the english model Sandy Bronson (Delia Boccardo) ends. She has
a bad influence on Mino and Belli has the power to
remove her residence permit, and ... one more thing, can he look into
a Romani, an owner of a record company who wants Mino
Fontana to invest in the company with a heavy sum.
We already know what has happened to Romani and soon
Belli knows too when he founds him dead. Sandy has been seen
leaving the apartment dressed in a big white fur and Belli starts the
sleuthing to get to know what kind of mess he's in.
Sandy and Romani may've been lovers too and a jealous Mino Fontana had
a fight with Romani. Fontana, Sr. (Adolfo Celi)
wants Belli and Sandy to be quiet about this and not to tell the police.
The Police investigation is lead by Inspector Baldo
(Renzo Palmer, always a fine actor who
got somewhat typecasted as a tired and bored crime commissary or inspector,
radiated such authority depicting these roles that he probably could've
left the film shooting, walked into the nearest Police
station to sit down and start ordering the staff around without anyone
raising any doubt over his authority.
Above: Franco Nero and Susanna Martinkova;
an old pic not from the blu-ray
Vera Fontana (Florinda Bolkan) is the smashing
wife of Fontana, Sr. and she was about to pay Romani for a part of the
record company, on her son Mino's behalf.
A photo of a naked woman with her head cut out is found. Who is it ?
Is it Vera Fontana, is it Sandy Bronson, is it the
popsinger Emmanuelle (Susanna Martinkova) a heroin junkie and also a
carrier of a big white fur (red herrings are
thrown around) or is it the nurse Franca (Laura Antonelli) or someone
else ? Whodunit ?
Susanna Martinkova (born 1946) is a czech actress and she's cute and
with a crazy but adorable accent. Florinda
Bolkan is a goddess in a small role and always with that mysterious
quality to her. Laura Antonelli can be seen in a
small role also and i would've liked to see more of the great Adolfo
Celi too, but Franco Nero is GREAT as always
and he excels in playing a violence proned and shady cop doing a parallell
investigation to the police to not just get
the killer but also to enrich himself as much as possible on the way.
Above: US old Code Red DVD double edition of the
1973 crappy "Blade" and of the superior "Ring of Death"
Franco Nero, who doesn't like him ? This film was made
in 1969 during the Nero gold era. The film has a whole
bunch of beautiful women, everyone drinks J&B whiskey and the plot
gets very complicated in the second part.
Nero likes to rough around everyone he meets, also women, and he's an
asshole for sure even though carismatic.
The film is not gory as most of the killings take place out of camera,
but more of a murder mystery giallo
Blu-ray presents the film in a 1.85:1 ratio with italian
audio PCM and with english subtitles - region all or B
Extras: Alternative german VHS ending, Alternative german ending HD,
german trailer, original trailer and a
booklet with pictures. Limited edition 1000 stück