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A film that could have been so much better than it is
Solamente nero is one of the less known giallos and it's quite exceptional in the genre as it has very linear storyline and less violence. In that sense it's quite a conventional thriller. Pacing is one of the weaknesses in this film as it becomes quite boring after the first half. It becomes clear that there isn't going to be many surprises along the way. Too many things are explained in the very beginning just like in many American thrillers and not much of a mystery is left unrevealed.
For example, why does it need to be explained that some woman is a medium who has mysterious seances with a small group of people and why someone's background has to be told in such detail that leaves no questions. The incoherence in Italian films is usually good for mysteries but this one has a completely coherent plot. There isn't many "aha" moments left for the viewer.
The film actually was filmed in superb settings in Venice and has some spectacular outdoor shots. Interiors are also very beautiful to say at least. It appears that it had been made with a decent budget and with all these elements it could have been an instant giallo classic but it's just too conventional to make it. But it has to be mentioned that acting and character development in this film is better than in an average giallo.
If the film was to be the best giallo ever, the same film footage should have been cut differently with more appropriate music in many scenes and less explanations on what is going on. That would have made it an instant Italian cinema classic.
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