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A young girl's brother is unfairly accused of murder .A junkie, he is resigned to his fate .She decides to unmask the real culprit.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Emilio Ghione Jr. Emilio Ghione Jr. ... Za-la-Mort
Mariella Lotti ... Lina Vidonis
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... amico di Za-la-Mort
Emilio Cigoli Emilio Cigoli ... De Rossi
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori ... Commissario
Umberto Spadaro Umberto Spadaro
Adriana de Roberto Adriana de Roberto
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile ... Piero
Armando Francioli Armando Francioli ... Corrado Vidonis
Checco Durante Checco Durante ... Antonio, il finto cieco
Arnoldo Foà
Fiore Davanzati Fiore Davanzati
Augusto Di Giovanni Augusto Di Giovanni ... Giacomo
Erminio Spalla Erminio Spalla
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A young girl's brother is unfairly accused of murder .A junkie, he is resigned to his fate .She decides to unmask the real culprit.She goes to a mysterious mansion where she is welcomed by her sibling's would be friends .It's actually an opium den where people are treated to delights of smoking .They give her tea and cigarettes ,but their taste is oddly sweet.A dispenser of justice ,Za-La -Mort,comes to the damsel in distress ' rescue ,and with a little help from his sidekicks,checkmates the police. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1950 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Fumerie d'opium See more »

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Production Co:

Labor, Metropa See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A blue lotus of sorts
17 April 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although there are elements of melodrama (the sister who tries to save her poor brother, a junkie in jail),this Matarazzo film does not belong to the genre of which he was a brilliant representative (see "Tormento" "Catene" "Il Figli Del Nessuno" "La Nave Delle Donne Maledette");it's closer to Film Noir ,and it features a famous dispenser of justice Za-La-Mort ,an Italian equivalent of French Arsene Lupin and British Raffle.

The best of this extravaganza ,the events of which remind you of the serials of the silent age , is the central part ,when Lina enters the enchanted palace ,where many of her brother's "friends" welcome her.She's like Alice who discovers her maleficent wonderland where all is "so strangely sweet , tea and cigarettes ".The depiction of the opium den where everybody becomes a slave to their dose,with the head aptly called the Master,is still impressive today.

The rest of the movie is more derivative : the police are rather dumb (they arrest the wrong woman ,in an implausible scene ) and the heroine on the rails with a train coming is worthy of "the perils of Pauline" or "Les Vampires " .


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