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Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)
"La morte ha sorriso all'assassino" (original title)

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A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

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Greta von Holstein
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Angela Bo ...
Eva von Ravensbrück
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Walter von Ravensbrück
Attilio Dottesio ...
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Marco Mariani ...
Simeon, the butler
Luciano Rossi ...
Franz, Greta's Brother
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Dr. von Ravensbrück, Walter's Father
Fernando Cerulli ...
Professor Kempte (as Franco Cerulli)
Carla Mancini ...
Gertrude - the Maid
Giorgio Dolfin ...
Maier - Ballet dancer
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A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.

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11 July 1973 (Italy)  »

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Film's Score is Greatest Asset
18 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Death Smiles On A Murderer" is a bizarre sort of film that combines romantic and sexual entanglement between a beautiful woman and a married couple (she seduces both partners), and an Edgar Allan Poe-ish tale of murder and vengeance. The result is uneven and flawed, but that isn't always a detriment, and what we have in this film is more of a nightmarish or dreamlike qulaity than a "bad" movie. Holding center stage, however, is the superb music by composer Berto Pisano. Lyrical themes and vocals form an effective counterpoint to the sinister goings on, and in the more obviously creepy musical passages there is a deliberate pacing that works marvellously to reinforce this dreamlike (or nightmarish) quality. The music really pulls the film together. The story (set in the early 1900s) receives a very "now" sound (for 1972!): electronic instruments, organ, timpani, etc. The result is at once beautiful, yet sinister...an apt description for "Death Smiles On A Murderer".............................


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