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Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
"La corta notte delle bambole di vetro" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 October 1971 (Italy)
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An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Sorel ...
Gregory Moore
Mario Adorf ...
Jacques Versain
Mira Svoboda
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Professor Karting
José Quaglio ...
Relja Basic ...
Piero Vida ...
Kommissar Kierkoff
Daniele Dublino ...
Sven Lasta
Luciano Catenacci ...
Morgue Employee
Michaela Martin
Vjenceslav Kapural
Jürgen Drews ...
Street Singer
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
Nastassja - Gregory's Neighbor (as Semka Sokolovic)


Greg Moore, an American journalist visiting Prague with his girlfriend Mira is found dead. However, he's actually only temporarily paralyzed, but the coroner fails to realize this and proceeds to prepare him for the autopsy. While Moore awaits his doom, he tries to recollect what has happened to him. It all starts when his girl disappears. He asks his friend, a local journalist, for help. They discover that this was just the latest in a series of disappearances of young pretty girls in the area. Their investigation leads them to a strange high profile private club, whose affluent members practice odd ritualistic orgies and bizarre dark rites.

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Inventive spin on the giallo formula
3 June 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

A body is discovered on the streets of Prague. Only hours before an autopsy is performed on him, we learn he's not really dead, but trapped inside his body and trying desperately to recall the events leading up to this predicament. And hopefully avoid the autopsy.

This Aldo Lado directed giallo has a lot going for it. Not a traditional giallo, but rather an inventive spin on the formula. It's cleverly written, decently acted and quite suspenseful at times but somehow misses the bull's eye. It drags a bit, could have used some trimming perhaps. Also, the end solution is bit of a letdown, but maybe that's just me. I found it a bit much, the buildup was better than the conclusion. But a big thumbs up for the chilling ending.

Lado is very stylish at times but Argento he's not. Quite good all the same.

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