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The Evil Eye (1963)
"La ragazza che sapeva troppo" (original title)

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A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Letícia Román ...
Nora Davis
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Dr. Marcello Bassi
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Laura Craven-Torrani
Titti Tomaino ...
Inspector
Luigi Bonos ...
Albergo Stelletta
Milo Quesada ...
De Vico / Paccini
Robert Buchanan ...
Dr. Alessi
Marta Melocco ...
Murder Victim
Gustavo De Nardo ...
Dr. Facchetti
Lucia Modugno ...
Nurse
Giovanni Di Benedetto ...
Professor Torrani (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Franco Morici ...
Policeman
Virginia Doro ...
Torrani's Maid
Dante DiPaolo ...
Andrea Landini (as Dante Di Paolo)
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Storyline

Nora is a young tourist traveling through Rome which takes a sudden turn when she witnesses a murder by a serial killer that the police have sought for years for the so-called Alphabet Killings, and Nora soon finds herself in way-over-her-head trouble when the police want her cooperation to catch the killer while the mystery killer soon targets her for his next victim. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

Mario Bava's final black and white production. See more »

Quotes

Nora Davis: [into the phone] Oh mother, murders don't just happen like that here.
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Referenced in Blood Simple. (1984) See more »

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Written and Composed by Adriano Celentano (as Adicel) and Paolo Vivarelli
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An exercise in suspense and style - another superb thriller by Mario Bava
8 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Coming out in 1963, The Girl Who Knew Too Much is not as ground-breaking as other Mario Bava efforts but it's still every bit as stylish and suspenseful. The plot of the film, convoluted and filled with twists and red herrigns galore, anticipates the giallo cycle of the late 60's. Of course one year later the director would practically define the style with Blood and Black Lace, introducing other genre staples like the black-gloved killer, the garish colours and the gore but that doesn't detract from the ifluential status of this proto-giallo.

As the title imples, The Girl Who Knew Too Much is with one foot firmly set in Hitchcock territory, but whereas Hitch films had a tendency of trying to be too many things at once (little bits of comedy, romance etc) something I always considered distracting, Bava allows nothing to come between him and his goal: a suspenseful horror thriller.

The chiaroscuro photography is simply beautiful to look at, light and shadow play off each other in expressive ways, not unlike film-noir. Leticia Roman's face is at times only half-lit to stress her confusion, while in other set-pieces dark figures stand out against fully lit backgrounds. Bava is famous for being one of the best visual directors in the history of the medium for good reason. His black and white work is as good as his colour films.

Minor quibbles I had with the film include that many scares turn out to be false, the first person narration (another film-noir influence) and the implied possibilities in the ending *was it all a dream?* Leticia Roman and John Saxon hit it off with great chemistry, the DP work is fantabulous, the opening 15-20 minutes leading up to the first murder are among the best 20 minutes in 60's horror and this an all around accomplished horror film that deserves every fan's attention.


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