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Director:
Writers:
Marcello Danon (story)
Lucile Laks (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 1971 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!
Plot:
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Tellini

Claudine Auger ... Laura

Barbara Bouchet ... Maria Zani
Rossella Falk ... Franca Valentino
Silvano Tranquilli ... Paolo Zani
Annabella Incontrera ... Mirta Ricci
Ezio Marano ... Masseur

Barbara Bach ... Jenny

Stefania Sandrelli ... Anna Tellini
Giancarlo Prete ... Mario
Anna Saia ... Maria's friend
Eugene Walter ... Ginetto, the waiter
Nino Vingelli ... Inspector Di Giacomo
Daniele Dublino ... Entomologist
Giuseppe Fortis ... Psychiatrist
Guerrino Crivello ... Informer
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Surgeon
Giorgio Dolfin ... Policeman
Carla Mancini ... Client at Beauty Parlor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Anelli ... Policeman in the Projection Room (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Policeman in projection room (uncredited)
Eleonora Giorgi ... Maid in Beauty Center (uncredited)
Ettore Mattia ... La catapulta (uncredited)
Filippo Perego ... Policeman in the Projection Room (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paolo Cavara 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcello Danon  story
Lucile Laks  screenplay

Produced by
Marcello Danon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Marcello Gatti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Morra 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Poletto 
 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Urbani 
 
Costume Design by
Fiorella Gaetano 
 
Makeup Department
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
Alvaro Rossi .... makeup assistant
 
Production Management
Maurizio Marvisi .... production manager
Antonello Mazzeo .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Castellani .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Franco Bassi .... sound mixer
Armando Bondani .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Bruno Ukmar .... stunt director
Nella Gambini .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Ivo Spila .... assistant camera
Otello Spila .... camera operator
Umberto Dessena .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Romano Giomini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
 
Other crew
Anna Maria Bifarini .... script supervisor
Ettore Catalucci .... laboratory director (as E. Catalucci)
Paolo Gualdi .... production secretary
Piero Speziali .... production administrator (as Pietro Speziali)
R.R. Tercafs .... entomological photography (as Dott. R. R. Tercafs)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tarantola dal ventre nero" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
89 min | Italy:98 min (uncut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) | Italy:T (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great Giallo, 10 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When the nymphomaniac Maria Zani (Barbara Bouchet) is murdered, her ex- husband and insurance broker Paolo Zani (Silvano Tranquilli) becomes the prime-suspect of Inspector Tellini (Giancarlo Giannini). Then the saleswoman Mirta Ricci (Annabella Incontrera) is murdered in the same modus operandi – both victims had been paralyzed by acupuncture needles with poison introduced in their necks and their bellies had been ripped open with a knife with the victims still alive, in the same way that tarantulas are killed by tarantula hawks. The police find that she was also a drug dealer,

Paolo meets Inspector Tellini to tell him that he is innocent. Further, he hires the private eyes La Catapulta that finds the last man that had met Maria, the photographer Mario (Giancarlo Prete). Paolo pursues Mario but they both die and Inspector Tellini finds an envelope addressed to Franca Valentino with Mario. Inspector Tellini discovers that he was a blackmailer and meanwhile Franca becomes the third victim of the serial killer. When the masseuse Jenny (Barbara Bach) is found dead wrapped in plastic bag, Inspector Tellini goes to the massage parlor to meet the manager Laura (Claudine Auger) and he believes that an employee may be the serial-killer.

"La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero" is a great "giallo" with the typical structure – a serial-killer that wears gloves and the identity is only discovered in the end; the victims are beautiful semi-naked women; gore deaths; a persistent detective pursues the killer; and wonderful music score.

The story is well developed, with many plot points. The very young Giancarlo Giannini works with very beautiful women, three of them future Bond girls (Claudine Auger and the Barbaras Bouchet and Bach). The great music score of Ennio Morricone completes the work of the director Paolo Cavara. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Ventre Negro da Tarântula" ("The Black Belly of the Tarantula")

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