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The Double (1971)
"La controfigura" (original title)

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A man is shot in an underground car-park by a mysterious bearded man. As he dies he recollects the events that led him to this situation, including adulterous liaisons and jealous envy.

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Cast overview:
Jean Sorel ...
Giovanni
Lucia Bosé ...
Nora Tosatti
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Lucia
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Roger
Sergio Doria ...
Eddie Kennan
Antonio Pierfederici ...
Professor Bergamo
Bruno Boschetti ...
Balestra
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Giovanni's Brother (as Giacomo Rossi Stuart)
Pupo De Luca ...
The Police Commissioner
Marilù Tolo ...
Marie
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A man is shot in an underground car-park by a mysterious bearded man. As he dies he recollects the events that led him to this situation, including adulterous liaisons and jealous envy.

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5 September 1971 (Italy)  »

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Dreamy and breezy Italian fun
28 July 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A man called Giovanni is shot in an underground car park by an ominous old man. The rest of the story is told in disjointed flashbacks that piece together the scenario that resulted in this situation arising. It turns out that Giovanni is an idle playboy who has affair with his young wife's mother while holidaying in Morocco. The mother ends up taking up with an American drifter and Giovanni is consumed with jealousy; murder follows.

The Double is a pretty interesting thriller. Its structure is one of the primary reasons why. The way in which scenes are edited together in a non-chronological way gives it a mysterious and dreamlike feel. The soundtrack accentuates this tone, seeing as it's a score that can best be described as breezy. The film benefits from the presence of Jean Sorel as Giovanni. Sorel starred in several gialli from the time and always seems to put in a solid turn. Also of note is Ewa Aulin as Sorel's young wife. Aulin had earlier appeared in the ultra-weird Death Laid an Egg, here she is also good and cute as a button; she even has time for an extended naked underwater swim, which was nice.

This is a good film. It isn't a typical giallo; it's more of a psychological thriller. It's well acted and directed and it isn't particularly predictable. If you like Italian thrillers then you should like this too.


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