Who saw her Die?
(1972) from Tuna
Chi l'ha vista morire? is a giallo by director Aldo
Lado that was shot mainly in Venice.
George Lazenby plays Franco, a well-known sculptor
estranged from his wife. His young daughter comes to visit, and turns
up floating in a canal. Similarities between her death and the earlier
death in France of another girl convince everyone that it is the work
of a serial killer. Franco decides to find the identity of the killer,
and, before he is done, uncovers a wealth of corruption and moral
decay. The film also has some pedophile overtones.
The film doesn't have the extreme gore often
found in giallo's, but does have the characteristic sex and
nudity, including full-frontal from an unknown, and breasts and
buns from Rosemarie Lindt.
Lado welcomed filming in his home town, and sought
out places that tourists often miss, but, despite a very good DVD
transfer from original negatives, the interior shots were often too
It is a competent giallo, and no more. I found it a
little slow-paced, the ending was telegraphed too early in the film,
and the characters could have been better developed.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C.
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