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Peter Lee Lawrence,
An interrabang (more commonly interrobang) is a non-standard punctuation mark combining through superimposition a question mark and an exclamation point; it was invented in 1962 by an American advertising executive Martin K. Speckter. See more »
Interrabang is, superficially, a very beautiful film. The location used is serene and picturesque, and when you add a trio of lovely and often half naked ladies into the mix; you have a film that was probably a lot of fun to make. It's also not a bad film to watch as while things do get a bit silly at times; there's plenty of twists and turns in the plot and director Giuliano Biagetti manages to keep things interesting with only his small cast to rely on. The film is often considered a part of the Giallo genre; although I wouldn't go as far as to call it one myself; the film is more of a precursor to the genre. The plot focuses on a photographer named Fabricio. He has taken a boat with three beautiful women out to sea for a fashion shoot. It's long before the boat has a problem with the carburettor and Fabrizio hitches a lift to land in order to get a new one. While he's gone, a strange man named Mario approaches the boat and begins getting it on with the ladies; however, he might just be the maniac on the loose in the area.
One of the most noteworthy things about this film is the title, and it's noteworthy because most people will wonder exactly what an "Interrabang" is. Well the film is good enough to explain and apparently it's a cross between a question mark and an exclamation mark; and the film uses this to try and make some sort of social commentary...which completely gets lost under the superficial nature of the rest of the film. The film is rather talky and that's actually the main attraction. I wouldn't be surprised to find that this film was re-cut with a load of hardcore porn added for a seventies release since there's room for it; but the version I saw was very clean and there wasn't so much as a naked breast on display (which while slightly disappointing, is a lot better than having this turn into a hardcore porn affair). There's no blood either, and clearly the director wanted the film to stay on point; and this does actually benefit it quite well. The twists come thick and fast towards the end and that keeps things exciting; but the actual ending itself is completely bizarre. Overall, this is a very rare thriller and thus not easy to come by...but I'd certainly recommend it if you can find a copy.
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