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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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Jean Sorel ...
Gregory Moore
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Jacques Versain
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Mira Svoboda
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Professor Karting
José Quaglio ...
Valinski
Relja Basic ...
Ivan
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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Tension till the last seconds
27 May 2006 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Hardly ever a movie got me clinging to my chair so much till literally the last seconds! "Malastrana" tells the story of a journalist (Jean Sorel) in Prague. He lies helplessly in a hospital and remembers in flashbacks how his girlfriend (young Barbara Bach) disappeared. Since the police was not helpful, he tried to find clues what has happened to her. Abduction, murder, or did she just run away?

In true giallo tradition, this is a movie about bizarre killings employing an eccentric visual style, dark and mysterious, but "Malastrana" is more than that. In a dialogue which was cut from the original German version (restored for the DVD release 2006), an old man bitterly sums up how the rich and powerful will always find somebody else to die for them, from the soldier on the battlefield to the... well, butterflies. You don't understand my last remark, I guess. You will when you watch this movie. Hush! No more.


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