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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
"4 mosche di velluto grigio" (original title)

PG  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  25 August 1972 (USA)
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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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Amelia, the Maid
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Fabrizio Moroni ...
Corrado Olmi ...
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Maria (as Costanza Spada)
Dante Cleri ...
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Final in The Animal Trilogy and a Good Scary One Too
21 July 2003 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

I saw this on the big screen when it first was released in 1973 as a teen and later in 1992 at The Film Institute where it was shown with an unedited Susperia and Dario Argento himself was there to introduce both films and to discuss with the audience his craft after their showings. There must be something with this film since it was chosen for this unique seminar over all his other pre 1992 works. Upon the second viewing of this film, I still find it scary and spellbinding and the secret behind the title is quite chilling. Gives me the creeps just thinking about it. The stylish camerawork and storyline is pure Argento "black glove" period and this is my 3rd favorite film (tied with Deep Red) of his right behind #1 Susperia and #2 Tennebre. Why this film was never released on DVD or at least, after all these years, on VHS is a mystery in itself. I for one will be the first in line to purchase this if Anchor Bay or another reputable DVD distributor releases it.

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