A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and ... See full summary »
The ageing Countess discovers that the blood of a maid can temporarily restore her youth and great beauty. She falls in love with a dashing young soldier but is compelled to kill again and ... See full summary »
The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he learns, the rumors of ghosts at the castle are indeed true. On All Soul's Eve the ... See full summary »
In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what he seems and promotion has a price.
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"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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