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Il sorriso della iena (1972)

After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved.

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Complete credited cast:
Jenny Tamburi ...
Nancy Thompson (as Luciana Della Robbia)
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Marco
Rosalba Neri ...
Gianna
Dana Ghia ...
Magda
Zora Gheorgieva ...
Dorothy Emerson
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Servant (as Luigi Guerra)
Fabio Garriba
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After her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances, a seemingly naive 16 year old girl named Lucia Della Robbins (Jenny Tamburi) arrives at her Italian villa, where she begins to suspect that her new and recently widowed stepfather and her mother's friend (Rosalba Neri) may be involved in the apparent suicide. Written by jairhcastillo

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4 May 1972 (Italy)  »

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Death Before the Smile  »

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 60245 delivered on 20-4-1972. See more »

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full of twists and turns and a complete mystery till the end
7 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Great, fun giallo, full of twists and turns and a complete mystery till the end. Also, no police in this at all and the characters explain the situation as we go along and at what appears to be the end. Rosalba Neri is superb and although it seems churlish, if it had been her disrobing every couple of minutes, instead of Jenny Tamburi, this would probably have got another star! Always colourful, totally absorbing and a wonderfully tinkling and infuriatingly catchy soundtrack from Roberto Pregadio. Hard to find but giallo fans must search it out. Such were my notes made after watching this some years ago.

PS Watched this again, without at first realising I had seen it before, and although it did gradually dawn upon me, still couldn't remember what happened because of all the twists. Poor Jenny Tambour works really hard here, clothed and unclothed but Neri is still the centre of our attention.


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