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Blood and Black Lace -- Italian thriller about a shadowy killer in black murdering fashion models through brutal methods.

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Director:
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Marcello Fondato (story)
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Release Date:
7 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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The greatest shocks ever filmed See more »
Plot:
Italian thriller about a shadowy killer in black murdering fashion models through brutal methods. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Beautiful models meet violent death as police attempt to find culprit. See more (62 total) »

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Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
Marcello Fondato (story and screenplay)

Giuseppe Barilla (collaboration) &
Mario Bava (collaboration)

Produced by
Alfredo Mirabile .... producer
Massimo Patrizi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Rustichelli 
 
Cinematography by
Ubaldo Terzano 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Costume Design by
Tina Grani 
 
Makeup Department
Marisa Laganga .... hair stylist
Emilio Trani .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Benito Caripi .... production manager
Armando Govoni .... production manager
Franco Grifeo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Priscilla Contardi .... assistant director
Cristina Grieco .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Arrigo Breschi .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Vittorio Trentino .... sound
 
Stunts
Goffredo Unger .... stunt double: Masked Killer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Mancini .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Lina Caterini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Luciana Loschiavo .... script supervisor
Piero Speziali .... accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sei donne per l'assassino" - Italy (original title)
"Six Women for the Murderer" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
88 min | USA:84 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
A landmark film in Italian cinema, as Sei donne per l'assassino was the film that began the 'giallo' genre. The giallo genre remains Italy's longest running cinematic movement.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Silvester:Perhaps the sight of beauty makes him lose control of himself, so he kills.See more »
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Referenced in Dream House (2009) (V)See more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful models meet violent death as police attempt to find culprit., 10 September 1998
Author: Troy-11

One of the most chillingly sadistic gialli of all times, this 1964 masterpiece has lost none of its power. Director Mario Bava, the king of Italian horror, cleared the path for Dario Argento and others with this film, though it was not his first effort in the field. In 1962, Bava delivered what was probably the first Italian thriller, La ragazza che sapeva troppo. But whereas La ragazza was a relatively straight-forward murder mystery, this film ignores plot and character in favor of concentrating on the link between cinema and spectacle. The story deals with a series of gruesome murders which are plaguing the chic Haute Couture fashion salon: one by one, the lovely models are horribly murdered by a mad man who appears to be operating with no real motive. The police write the killer off as a sex maniac, but the truth of the matter is that the salon is a veritable hot bed of sex, drugs, and sordid dealings. A diary, loaded with information about these indiscretions, is making the rounds between the various models, and the killer is obsessed with tracking it down before his/her indiscretions are revealed. Though structured as a murder mystery--the German co-producers no doubt wanted Bava to deliver an Edgar Wallace-style thriller--the director takes the film off into unexpected, visionary directions. Even more so than Argento or Fulci, Bava seems fascinated by images of violent death. Yet whereas former med student Fulci insisted on dousing his corpses with blood and gore, former painter Bava keeps the bloodshed to a minimum, instead concentrating on the violent death throes which are shot in a eerily beautiful manner. The very first slasher film, though that label belittles Bava's achievement somewhat. Unlike later hack-em-up directors, Bava is very conscious of the links between the viewer and the cinematic process. By encouraging the viewer to identify with the killer's pleasure-i.e., we think the killings are beautiful in the same way that he no doubt does-Bava makes a very powerful statement on the power of the image. The characters are flat and one-dimensional, because they need to be. There are no heros, only victems. The police are depicted as arrogant and ineffectual, in contrast to most films of this era, Bava does not encourage the viewer to identify with anyone beyond the killer. Within the microcosmic environment of the fashion salon, Bava makes some telling comments on society, as well. Visionary filmmaking at its best.

An under-estimated classic. My rating ***** out of *****.

Review by Troy Howarth

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