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The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)
"La casa dalle finestre che ridono" (original title)

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The restorer Stefano is hired by the Mayor Solmi of a small village nearby Ferrara to restore a painting of St. Sebastian, made by the mentally disturbed painter Buono Legnani in the local ... See full summary »

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The restorer Stefano is hired by the Mayor Solmi of a small village nearby Ferrara to restore a painting of St. Sebastian, made by the mentally disturbed painter Buono Legnani in the local church. Stefano was recommended by his friend, Dr. Antonio Mazza, and he learns that Legnani was known as "The Painter of the Agony", since he used to paint near-death people. Further, he was presumed dead many years ago but his body has never been found. Stefano works in the church, where he meets the weirdo Lidio, and he has one night stand with the local nymphomaniac teacher that is leaving the village. Meanwhile Antonio investigates the life of Buono Legnani and tells Stefano that he had found a dark secret about the painter and the villagers. However, Antonio dies before meeting Stefano and the police conclude that he committed suicide. Stefano is intrigued by the mystery surrounds Legnani and decides to investigate more about the deranged painter. However, he in evicted of his hotel room and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 January 2007 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

I had watched it till around half way when i was far too young to watch it and my parents switched off the TV and sent me to bed when they saw me watching it, they realized how late at night it was no time for a little boy to be still up, let alone watching this. Twenty years later, last night, I finally watched the whole thing and I have to tell you it is truly downright impressive. Stefano is asked to come to this town to do his job in restoration on this painting by some crazy artist named Legnani who has a very morbid history. The townsfolk are all quite weird, when not in appearance then in behaviour, there is this constant eerie feeling and strange things begin to happen. Truth is the film gets stranger and stranger all the time till it reaches a most frightening climax at the end, but I don't want to spoil it for anybody, I just want to say it is frightening, almost as much as the final climax in 'Don't look now', who has seen that will understand me and if they liked that then they are bound to like this just as much as I did. You got two Italian sexy chicks in this too, with curves, not the artist's sisters, the first teacher and her replacement after she goes missing.


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