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La ragazza che sapeva troppo
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Director:
Writers:
Mario Bava (writer)
Enzo Corbucci (writer)
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Release Date:
20 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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What Does It Want? What Will Satisfy Its Cravings?
Plot:
A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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An exercise in suspense and style - another superb thriller by Mario Bava See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Letícia Román ... Nora Davis

John Saxon ... Dr. Marcello Bassi

Valentina Cortese ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chana Coubert ... Ethel Windell Batocci (uncredited)
Jim Dolen ... Priest (uncredited)
Adriana Facchetti ... Woman in Sguattera Restaurant (uncredited)
Dafydd Havard ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Tiberio Murgia ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Peggy Nathan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lido Pini ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Franco Ressel ... Arresting Officer at Airport (uncredited)
John Stacy ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mario Bava  writer
Enzo Corbucci  writer
Ennio De Concini  writer
Eliana De Sabata  writer
Mino Guerrini  writer
Franco Prosperi  writer

Produced by
Massimo De Rita .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter (US version)
Roberto Nicolosi 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Set Decoration by
Luigi D'Andria 
 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani  (as Tina Loriedo Grani)
 
Makeup Department
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
Euclide Santoli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paolo Mercuri .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Enrico Checchi .... second assistant director
Franco Prosperi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Emilio Schuberth .... set dresser
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Lina Caterini .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Armando Govoni .... production assistant
Neda Matteucci .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"La ragazza che sapeva troppo" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
86 min | France:88 min | Spain:83 min
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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.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An exercise in suspense and style - another superb thriller by Mario Bava, 8 August 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

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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