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

PG  |   |  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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Roberto Tobias
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Nina Tobias
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Gianni Arrosio (as Jean Pierre Marielle)
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Godfrey
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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When the flies start to crawl, so will your flesh... See more »

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Early Argento giallo foreshadows amusing (but preposterous) things to come.

"Four Flies on Grey Velvet" is a tough movie to find and I'm not sure why. Pretty much every other Argento film is now widely available, yet this was just finally released here in the states in a passable DVD format, remastered and great-looking.

It's impressive how this is Argento's least-seen giallo, yet not his worst, in my opinion. The story is engaging and interesting right from the get-go as a man, Roberto, is tormented by a man who he ends up 'accidentally murdering.' The plot twists and turns in typical Argento fashion until we finally learn who the real killer is. No black gloves in this one, and I think the film is better for that.

My only question is: why did the killer do it? That is never really made clear. But does it really matter? We watch these for the brilliant cinematography, the mood and of course, the score.

"Four Flies on Grey Velvet" has one of the best Morricione soundtracks I have heard.

7 out of 10, kids.


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