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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)
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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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Another fine Giallo!, 8 June 2005
Author: Snake-666 from England

Inspector Tellini (Giancarlo Giannini) must investigate the bizarre murder of two seemingly unconnected women, paralysed by their killer so that they may be horrifically violated while conscious.

It has often been said that Italian cinema is all style and no plot but here is a definite example to the contrary. 'The Black Belly of the Tarantula' is indeed a stylish Italian offering laced with some truly exquisite photography and novel camera trickery but it also consists of a strong plot that surprises and captivates while maintaining a profound aura of trepidation. It is, however, perhaps the most apparent downfall in the film that the plot becomes the central focal point as several aspects to the story are left unexplored, subsequently leaving no acceptable closure of the respective plot aspect. Unfortunately because of this, the prevalent incoherency of Italian cinema is once again revisited and due to the nature of the film it is perhaps more difficult than usual to ignore. With this in mind, one should realise that the central storyline is stark enough to arouse and preserve viewer interest while only the sub-plots weaken the overall presentation of the film.

Despite the mainly superficial criticisms one can direct at the film, 'The Black Belly of the Tarantula' still takes a firm position as one of the finer examples of this particular brand of Italian film-making. Unquestionably, the opening thirty minutes are immensely powerful, offering some of the most intimidating murder sequences ever confined to the cinematic medium. The use of gloomy visuals, point-of-view shots, intentionally disorientating photography, a wonderful musical score blending both prominence and subtlety and a lavish use of dark colours and shadows creates an almost unsurpassed eerie and brutal ambiance to accompany the violent actions depicted on screen and the shrill, short, terrifying shrieks of the killer's victims seek only to underline the artistic craftsmanship of the picture. The brusque transition to silence that immediately follows the first attack of the murderer in each individual case is so overwhelmingly haunting that the following actions are immeasurably disturbing in their tranquillity. Undoubtedly, these sequences are the pinnacle of creativity from Paolo Carvara in this picture; sublime in their splendour and disconcerting in their substance.

The most apt way to summarise 'The Black Belly of the Tarantula' would be to simply describe it as flawed genius. Arguably too plot-heavy and with an unmistakably clichéd outcome, the superlative qualities fortunately shine through and leave the film as impressive, not disappointing. Perhaps those more highly versed in the Italian Giallo will appreciate the effort and artistry slightly more than others, but in any case, 'The Black Belly of the Tarantula' is worthy viewing for all fans of cinema. 7½/10

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