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Death Laid an Egg (1968)

La morte ha fatto l'uovo (original title)
A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and ... See full summary »

Director:

Giulio Questi

Writers:

Franco Arcalli (a film written by), Giulio Questi (a film written by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Anna
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Marco (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Ewa Aulin ... Gabrielle
Jean Sobieski Jean Sobieski ... Mondaini
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Luigi
Vittorio André Vittorio André
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Hotel Manager
Biagio Pelligra Biagio Pelligra ... Chemical operator
Cleofe Del Cile Cleofe Del Cile ... Prostitute #1
Monica Millesi Monica Millesi
Ugo Adinolfi Ugo Adinolfi
Conrad Andersen Conrad Andersen
Aldo Bonamano Aldo Bonamano ... Police Inspector
Rina De Filippo Rina De Filippo
Livio Ferraro Livio Ferraro
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A love triangle develops between three people who run a high tech chicken farm. It involves Anna (who owns the farm), her husband Marco (who kills prostitutes in his spare time) and Gabriella (the very beautiful secretary). Marco continues to kill as jealousy becomes more prevalent on the farm. Written by Count_Fistfuldollars

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We are not permitted to even hint at what happens but it's more than murder. See more »

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Italian censorship visa # 50298 delivered on 21-11-1967. See more »

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Referenced in Discovering Questi (2018) See more »

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it takes a few seconds to grasp that the action has more or less all taken place in the preceding ten minutes

Why do I have such a soft spot for this film? There is no story of any significance and there is a disconnect between what people say and do. Or seem to say and appear to do. Additionally, Jean-Louis Trintignant the main male character acts bored throughout. Except for his rather vigorous spats with prostitutes in a certain hotel room. On top of all that there is the setting - an ultra modern (for the time) indoor chicken farm where rather strange and disturbing goings on tend to interrupt the more usual giallo grapplings of the wife (lovely Gina Lollobrigida), the aforementioned husband (Trintignant) and the amazingly doll like and gorgeous Ewa Aulin (secretary would you believe, complete with pool side typewriter). Visually the film constantly stimulates with shape and colour that screams to the viewer that this is 1968. The beauty of the lights, the furnishings and the costumes plus the surreal and worrying hundreds of white chickens and the automated mechanisms all vie for our attention in such a way we barely notice the lack of coherent plot. The end is so sudden, it takes a few seconds to grasp that the action has more or less all taken place in the preceding ten minutes and interrupted our wallowing in the beauty colour and light that represents most of the films running time.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 January 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Laid an Egg See more »

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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