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Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

4 mosche di velluto grigio (original title)
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A musician is stalked and blackmailed by an unknown killer for the accidental killing of another stalker.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (story), Luigi Cozzi (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... Roberto Tobias
Mimsy Farmer ... Nina Tobias
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Gianni Arrosio (as Jean Pierre Marielle)
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Pathologist
Calisto Calisti Calisto Calisti ... Carlo Marosi
Marisa Fabbri ... Amelia, the Maid
Oreste Lionello ... The Professor
Fabrizio Moroni Fabrizio Moroni ... Mirko
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... Porter
Stefano Satta Flores Stefano Satta Flores ... Andrea
Laura Troschel Laura Troschel ... Maria (as Costanza Spada)
Francine Racette ... Dalia
Bud Spencer ... Diomede / Godfrey
Dante Cleri Dante Cleri ... Coffin Salesman
Guerrino Crivello Guerrino Crivello ... Rambaldi, the Neighbor
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Storyline

Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but he understands his troubles have just begun when the following day he receives an envelope with photos of him killing the man. Someone is killing all his friends and trying to frame him for the murders... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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If you dare to see it alone, make sure someone escorts you home. See more »


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A slow-motion bullet effect is used in the film, pre-dating The Matrix and many Hong Kong action films. See more »

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While I think it isn't done by mistake, it still doesn't make sense how the people just disappear in seconds when maid is waiting in the park. It also doesn't make sense that the night falls in the next shot, but the shot before it was bright day. See more »

Quotes

Diomede: [both Godfrey and Roberto enter Godfrey's shed, talking right directly at his pet parrot near the stove] Hey, Jerk-off!
Roberto Tobias: What did I do?
Diomede: No, not you... the parrot.
Diomede: [approaches the stove and talks straight to his pet parrot] That's my food, Jerk-off!
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Connections

Follows The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) See more »

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The art of murder
18 December 2010 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Roberto Tobias (Michael Brandon), a rock guitarist married to a beautiful and rich wife, is being followed by a peculiar man in dark glasses. Roberto decides to confront the stranger, but unfortunately for him he ends up killing him in an opera house with a masked individual making photos of the whole debacle. After deciding to hide the matter he starts receiving weird phone calls, letters and pictures of the murder show up in his house during a party. Someone he knows is trying to blackmail him, but unable to seek help from the police he involves Godfred (Bud Spencer), a quirky fellow living life in solitude and poverty on a diet of fish. He in turn has Roberto hire a gay private investigator. All to find out the identity of the mysterious stalker...

As triumphant a movie as all his other three animal movies Dario Argento hit a home run with his artsy murder mysteries. And I must press that Argento really has made murder and death into art - I believe no one ever has made such telling and beautifully terrible death scenes as the master. Add to that the relatively good dialogues, acting plus some very odd humour (focused on a select bunch of weirdo characters populating this thriller) and this is movie that is a must see for any horror fans. Two killings are of extreme note - the first murder in the garden and than the final death scene.

Naturally as always not all is well with the Argento movie. Some of the acting is off and the plot/script has a lot of holes with much room for improvement. Also character building is almost non-existent as Argento typically for him focuses on the atmosphere (to great effect). The camera is as always stylish plus we have some great score from Enrio Morricone to really punctuate the whole feeling of the movie.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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2.35 : 1
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