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Passi di morte perduti nel buio (1977)

An Italian reporter is travelling on the Instabul-Athens train. A woman is murdered with the reporter's letter-opener so that makes him the main suspect. With the help of his Swedish ... See full summary »

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Leonard Mann ...
Luciano Morelli
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Vera Krouska ...
Ingrid Stelmosson (as Vera Kruska)
Antonio Maimone ...
Omar Effendi (as Nino Maimone)
Barbara Seidel
Imelde Marani
Albertina Capuani
Nazzareno Macri
Luigi Romano
Bartolillo Palma
Susy Jennings ...
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An Italian reporter is travelling on the Instabul-Athens train. A woman is murdered with the reporter's letter-opener so that makes him the main suspect. With the help of his Swedish girlfriend he starts investigating in order to prove his innocence. Written by Lefteris

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Death Steps in the Dark  »

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'the film has a light, comedic touch not generally found within the idiom'
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

'Death Steps In The Dark' finally has a pristine transfer, sound and picture are crystal clear. Excellent giallo from Maurizio Pradeaux. While his 'death carries a cane' is better known, I found this 1977 outing to be far more entertaining than the latter. Not only do you get the requisite full-frontal nudity ubiquitous in the genre (inc. a splendidly gratuitous Sapphic montage near the opening of the film!) the film has a light, comedic touch not generally found within the idiom; so among all the black-gloved, razor-wielding frenzy (the murders are considerably full-blooded) the film is leavened by a clearly sardonic tone, which, while admittedly far-from subtle, adds a viable quirky sheen to the generally humorless genre. graphic razor-slashings, gratuitous nudity, plentiful guzzles of j&b (the veritable elixir of Italian exploitation!) and a mesmerizing, booty-humpin' jazz-funk score by Riz Ortolani makes 'death steps in the dark' one of the more memorable and re-watchable gialli. Whether or not the film was specifically designed as a giallo parody certainly doesn't detract from the more lurid pleasures gialli are infamous for; since 'death steps in the dark' makes for such a serviceable, briskly-paced, sanguineous whodunit.


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