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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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Professor Karting
José Quaglio ...
Valinski
Relja Basic ...
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Piero Vida ...
Kommissar Kierkoff
Daniele Dublino ...
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Sven Lasta
Luciano Catenacci ...
Morgue Employee
Michaela Martin
Vjenceslav Kapural
Jürgen Drews ...
Street Singer
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
Nastassja - Gregory's Neighbor (as Semka Sokolovic)
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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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Complex but overall "paralyzing" giallo!
8 February 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Aldo Lado's directorial debut is a mixed bag of confusion and greatly innovating ideas but, eventually, it's the director's ingeniousness that triumphs, and he makes this "Short Night of the Glass Dolls" a must-see experience for Italian horror fans, more particularly the admirers of typical gialli. Lado's intelligent script combines different styles like typically Hitchcockian thrillers, detective stories and near the end even pure occult horror! American reporter in Prague Gregory Moore is pronounced dead in a local hospital but his brain functions are very much alive and slowly reconstructing the fiendish conspiracy that put him into this disturbing medical condition. Gregory's stunningly beautiful girlfriend Mira vanished shortly after a social gathering and, during his private investigation, he discovers that many prominent citizens hide macabre secrets. I realize this is a very basic description of the story, but it really is all I can say without revealing essential clues. The actual denouement, albeit far-fetched, is truly unexpected and the grand finale at the hospital left me completely speechless…which is a rare event! Even though it was only his first horror effort, Aldo Lado proves himself to be a master when it comes to building up tension and he has a talented eye for imaginative camera-work. The classy location of Prague provides this film with one of the most beautiful settings in European horror cinema ever and Lado could also count on mesmerizing musical guidance by Ennio Morricone. The song entitled "Short Night of the Butterflies" is a real beauty. Highly recommended to fans of atmospheric, story-driven horror movies.


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