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Passi di danza su una lama di rasoio (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 5 January 1973 (Italy)
A photographer named Kitty (Susan Scott) watched through a tourist telescope the killing of a woman through the window of a nearby house. She is unable to get a clear view of the killer's ... See full summary »

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Alberto Morosini
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Kitty (as Susan Scott)
George Martin ...
Inspector Merughi
Anuska Borova ...
Lidia Arrighi & Silvia Arrighi
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Marco
Anna Liberati ...
Secretary at dance academy
Rosita Torosh ...
Nina Ferretti
Cristina Tamborra ...
Magda Hopkins
Nerina Montagnani ...
Marta
Orlando Baralla ...
Generale
Gianni Pulone ...
Fireman (as Giovanni Pulone)
Sal Borgese ...
Asdrubale Magno (as Salvatore Borgese)
Rodolfo Lolli ...
Lolli - the Inspector's assistant
Carlo Carli
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A photographer named Kitty (Susan Scott) watched through a tourist telescope the killing of a woman through the window of a nearby house. She is unable to get a clear view of the killer's face, she reported the incident to the police and soon other witnesses who saw the killer fled are brutally murder, will Kitty be the next victim? Written by jairhcastillo

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Screaming can't save you from his steely blade.


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Dance steps on a razor blade
21 May 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"Passi di danza su una lama di rasoio" (Death carries a cane) is not what one would call a plot-driven film (like "My dear killer", for instance, with its very intricate plot). Anyway, "Death carries a cane" tells a story that managed to keep my attention till the end, but the highlights of the film are the images and the soundtrack.

I think of cinema as a conjunction of images, sounds and words used to tell a story. In this way a film can reach dimensions far beyond the reach of literature - the images/sounds should not be just servants of the words (or story), they should also be active agents in the film. From the sixties onward, under the influence of the nouvelle vague, the camera became much freer. Godard was one of the icons of that era - his creative use of images, music, lighting and words, was a shining light for many filmmakers that came after.

In "Death carries a cane" one can feel this freedom of creation. The story is simple enough: Kitty (Susan Scott), a fashion photographer, witnesses a murder. She sees indistinctly through a telescope a man all dressed in black, crowned with a black hat (typical giallo!) stabbing a girl to death. She warns the police but no one takes her seriously - Kitty didn't know where exactly the killing had taken place, and where was the body? The body is at last found and the investigations begin. More killings occur and with each killing the killer seems to be getting nearer Kitty...

"Death carries a cane" offers everything one can expect from a giallo - intelligent cameras, lighting and editing, pretty women and sensuality galore. And one can say that Maurizio Pradeaux has learnt his Argento. The staging of the killings is creatively done - sounds, cameras, soundtrack and lighting are effectively used to create a suspenseful atmosphere. Many red herrings are thrown around to confuse the viewer and enhance the fun.

There are many pretty women: "Scream Queen" Susan Scott (Nieves Navarro), Anuska Borova (playing two different roles!), Cristina Tamborra etc...

This is a hard-to-find film, but years ago "Death carries a cane" was released in Germany under the title "Die Nacht der rollenden Köpfe" with audio versions in English and German. As a matter of fact "Die Nacht der rollenden Köpfe" was rereleased this year (2008), but unfortunately only in the German version.


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