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La casa del tappeto giallo (1983)

Franca and her husband Antonio decide to sell a yellow rug which was a gift of Franca's stepfather. One day, while Antonio is out, a strange man rings saying he wishes to buy the rug. But ... See full summary »

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Franca and her husband Antonio decide to sell a yellow rug which was a gift of Franca's stepfather. One day, while Antonio is out, a strange man rings saying he wishes to buy the rug. But the man's visit becames a nightmare. He kidnaps Franca and says he killed his wife on that same yellow rug. Then Franca kills the man. But is that really all that has happened? And who was that strange man? Written by <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Very theatrical 1980's giallo
7 December 2007 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This a technically a giallo (it even has the word "giallo" or "yellow" in the Italian title), but it was made late in the giallo game and is different in many ways from most films in the genre. While many giallos are jet-set travelogues (stereotypically, beginning with an airplane taking off or landing), this movie is very claustrophobic, confined almost entirely to a dingy city apartment. Also, while most giallos are very cinematic, this one, with its limited sets and emphasis on acting, is very theatrical. As another reviewer said,it is a lot like "Wait Until Dark", but that movie was originally a play; I'm not sure whether this was as well, but it sure seems like one.

A married woman is left alone in an apartment after her husband leaves for a LONG time to attend to parking tickets. A strange man shows up looking to buy a yellow carpet that the couple is selling. The man reveals personal information about the woman and then attacks her, mercilessly chewing the scenery (I'm not sure if he's just a bad actor, or if he's actually a good actor PLAYING a bad actor). She accidentally murders the man (or he commits suicide--I was a little unclear on that part). Then the man's wife shows up looking for him . . . So is this another hare-brained giallo plot? Perhaps. So who might be behind it? Hmmm.

As ridiculous as the plot is, it is pretty effective in places. This kind of theatricality is often pretty annoying in movies, but it works sometimes when the characters themselves are SUPPOSED to be ham actors. Even more than "Wait Until Dark" this reminded me of another English move called "The Penthouse" in this respect. It's not as good as either of those, but it's not too bad for an 80's giallo either.


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