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Fun mystery, strange to say, that comes across as light entertainment despite the story. It's hard to say why. Maybe it's the 60s influence. Maybe it's the color. Maybe it's the music. Maybe it can't be taken seriously. Maybe it's the dubbing. Maybe it's the acting. Maybe the director intentionally has added touches of parody. But it comes out enjoyable.
There are a number of inheritors to a fortune who are getting killed by a mysterious somebody whom we do not see. Each death is novel, but not terribly graphic. Who did it? The plot is rather cut up and jumpy, but we can follow it, and, in the end, we are surprised by some twists.
I'm intrigued by the overall effect which is quite often on the comic side despite the murders. It's that the slight exaggeration of each scene and the reactions to them cannot really be taken too seriously. Unlike a serious Italian drama or neorealist piece, this has a variety of deadpan, oddball, overemotional roles, people bedding each other, and a musical score that underscores this, but at times being very creative, so that the result is not to tear at one's emotions or even frighten one at all.
The locations are used to good advantage as the movie proceeds. The mystery also had me stumped, although I was beginning to hone in on it.
It's a giallo, a thriller, but not much horror or nudity. It has the use of color. The murder scenes are not elongated that much. It's light rather than heavy. To me it has a certain European "ricky-tick" or slapdash appeal, and also it has abrupt film editing.
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