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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

4 mosche di velluto grigio (original title)
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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

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Roberto Tobias
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Nina Tobias
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Gianni Arrosio (as Jean Pierre Marielle)
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Diomede 'Dio'
Aldo Bufi Landi ...
Pathologist
Calisto Calisti ...
Carlo Marosi
Marisa Fabbri ...
Amelia, the Maid
Oreste Lionello ...
The Professor
Fabrizio Moroni ...
Mirko
Corrado Olmi ...
Porter
Stefano Satta Flores ...
Andrea
Laura Troschel ...
Maria (as Costanza Spada)
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Dalia
Dante Cleri ...
Coffin Salesman
Guerrino Crivello ...
Rambaldi, the Neighbor
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Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but he understands his troubles have just begun when the following day he receives an envelope with photos of him killing the man. Someone is killing all his friends and trying to frame him for the murders... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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Intriguing Title, Flawed Film
11 March 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The drummer of a rock and roll band Roberto Tobias (Michael Brandon) sees a man wearing sunglasses stalking him everywhere. He follows the man to a derelict opera house and when he confronts the stranger, he pulls a knife. However Roberto accidentally stabs him in self-defense and the man falls from the stage to the floor. Out of the blue, a spotlight is turned on and Roberto is photographed in the crime scene by a masked person on a theater box. Roberto leaves the place and returns home. On the next morning, he reads the newspaper the news about a stranger called Carlo Marosi that was murdered. During the night, Roberto and his wife Nina (Mimsy Farmer) welcome friends and Roberto finds a photo of the previous night entwined with his vinyls. He tells the truth to Nina and their maid Amelia (Maria Fabbri) overhears the story. While Robeto meets his friend Godfrey (Bud Spencer) to ask for help, Amelia schedules an encounter in the park with someone to blackmail with the photos she had found in the apartment; however Amelia is murdered in the park Meanwhile Nina's cousin Dalia (Francine Racette) arrives to stay with Nina. But soon Carlo Marosi appears eating at a restaurant and calling someone to meet him. What has happened in the opera house?

"4 mosche di velluto grigio" is a flawed film with am intriguing title. The atmosphere is suffocating most of the time; the camera work uses unusual angles and positions; the cast has good performance. But the plot point with the identity of the killer is weak and quite senseless. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Quatro Moscas Sobre Veludo Cinza" ("Four Flies on Grey Velvet")


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