The attractive Sandra Venturi, studying to be a singer at the conservatory of music in the Italian town of Lucca, has a promising career in opera ahead of her; until that time, however, ... See full summary »
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 Nicole Venturi (4 episodes, 1993)
Ray Lovelock ...
 Commissario Stefano Avanzo (4 episodes, 1993)
Victoria Vera ...
 Anna Selpi (4 episodes, 1993)
Gudrun Landgrebe ...
 Daniela Pierboni (4 episodes, 1993)
Lorenzo Flaherty ...
 Paolo Roversi (4 episodes, 1993)
Davide Bechini ...
 Filippo Pierboni (4 episodes, 1993)
Silvia Mocci ...
 Chiara Malvini (4 episodes, 1993)
Paolo Malco ...
 Massimo Pierboni (4 episodes, 1993)
Cinzia de Ponti ...
 Magistrato Castelli (4 episodes, 1993)
Stefano Nosei ...
 Ispettore Isidori (4 episodes, 1993)
Néstor Garay ...
 Avvocato Portili (4 episodes, 1993)
Athina Cenci ...
 Severa Scali (4 episodes, 1993)
Vittoria Belvedere ...
 Sandra Durani (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Ada Roversi - Medium (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Dottor Guido Braschi (4 episodes, 1993)
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 Matilde Pierboni (4 episodes, 1993)
Manuel Bandera ...
 Andrea Baresi (3 episodes, 1993)
Maja Maranow ...
 Milena Bolzoni (3 episodes, 1993)
Carlo Cartier ...
 Franco Martelli (3 episodes, 1993)
Carlo Monni ...
 Padre di Paolo (3 episodes, 1993)
Giovanni Visentin ...
 Claudio Zappi (3 episodes, 1993)
Michele Melega ...
 Michele Scali (3 episodes, 1993)
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 Professor Carlo Mauri (2 episodes, 1993)
Nino Fuscagni
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The attractive Sandra Venturi, studying to be a singer at the conservatory of music in the Italian town of Lucca, has a promising career in opera ahead of her; until that time, however, she's content to give public performances in her native town. On the eve of her nineteenth birthday, during a thunderstorm, the young singer leaves the apartment she shares with her mother Nicole Venturi, a correspondent for a major Roman newspaper. Sandra is on her way to a secret rendezvous with a married man: Marco Pierboni, a good-looking industrialist. The latter is killed by gunfire, however, shortly before Sandra arrives at the deserted villa outside the town which they had chosen as their meeting-point. Nicole has no inkling of her daughter's affair. She thinks that Sandra has gone to stay the night with a girlfriend. When Marco's corpse is discovered the next morning, ambitious journalist Nicole senses that reporting this sensational murder case will make her famous outside her local region. ... Written by Anonymous

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A missed opportunity considering the talent involved
6 October 2010 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

This six-hour Italian TV mini-series directed by Golden Age Giallo auteur Sergio Martino stars genre favorites Edwige Fenech, Ray Lovelock, and Alida Valli and has been described as a cross between a giallo and TWIN PEAKS -but that's only wishful thinking based on the past reputations of the talent involved. The basic plot line -a teenager's murder rips the lid off a small town's secrets and lies- is not unlike the death of Laura Palmer but the handling, although competent, is nowhere near as deep, quirky, or atmospheric as David Lynch's masterpiece. The meandering murder mystery is too long by half, isn't very compelling, and the body count is low which makes it a missed opportunity at best but the production values are high and the cast is very attractive, especially Fenech who only got better with age. Lovelock looks a bit like Brad Pitt.


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