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L'uomo senza memoria (1974)

An amnesiac man begins to think he may have lived a double life.

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Luc Merenda plays a man who as a result of a car crash is suffering from amnesia and is trying to learn about his past, then a menacing individual accuses him of betrayal and is lured into Italy where he finds that he is married man, soon afterwards more pieces of his puzzling past begin to fall in place. Written by jairhcastillo

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23 August 1974 (Italy)  »

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"Puzzle" is a solid entry into the Giallo canon
16 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This little seen thriller is a solid entry into the giallo canon that was directed by Duccio Tessari (who did the equally good "The Bloodstained Butterfly") and written by Ernesto Gastaldi (who is the iconic writer of the giallo genre).

The narrative features an interesting narrative hook (a man can't remember who he is and now thugs are after him for something he hid... and he doesn't know where it is, let alone *what* it is). Unfortunately, the film doesn't utilize its intriguing plot premise to the fullest, with essentially the amnesia element pushed aside for most of the movie, and instead relies on more conventional means of telling the story. Fortunately, the writer manages to more successfully integrate the amnesia element towards the end which allow for a few plot twists, but not to the degree it could have achieved.

The direction is fine but nothing exemplary, and the performances are all solid but not particularly memorable. In other words, everything is competent and efficient, but it doesn't really standout from the majority of thrillers that saturate our viewing repertoire.

However, it certainly is an above average example of the giallo genre, with narrative that is better than most gialli and even has a terrific climax, but it's also certainly not a classic film in any respect.

Highly recommended for giallo fans, a solid recommendation to thriller aficionados, but others may wish to simply view a better example of the genre, such as "Deep Red".

Also, the film references Stanley Donan's film "Charade", see if you can catch it...


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