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4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)

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A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?

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Dario Argento

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Dario Argento (story), Luigi Cozzi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Brandon ... Roberto Tobias
Mimsy Farmer ... Nina Tobias
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Gianni Arrosio (as Jean Pierre Marielle)
Bud Spencer ... Diomede 'Dio'
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
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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4 Flies on Grey Velvet See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Argento's usual collaborator Ennio Morricone scored the film but had a major argument with Argento over some tracks Argento didn't want in the film. As a result, the director and Morricone would never work together again until 1996, and the rock group Goblin would eventually become Argento's regular composers. See more »

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Intriguing Title, Flawed Film
11 March 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The drummer of a rock and roll band Roberto Tobias (Michael Brandon) sees a man wearing sunglasses stalking him everywhere. He follows the man to a derelict opera house and when he confronts the stranger, he pulls a knife. However Roberto accidentally stabs him in self-defense and the man falls from the stage to the floor. Out of the blue, a spotlight is turned on and Roberto is photographed in the crime scene by a masked person on a theater box. Roberto leaves the place and returns home. On the next morning, he reads the newspaper the news about a stranger called Carlo Marosi that was murdered. During the night, Roberto and his wife Nina (Mimsy Farmer) welcome friends and Roberto finds a photo of the previous night entwined with his vinyls. He tells the truth to Nina and their maid Amelia (Maria Fabbri) overhears the story. While Robeto meets his friend Godfrey (Bud Spencer) to ask for help, Amelia schedules an encounter in the park with someone to blackmail with the photos she had found in the apartment; however Amelia is murdered in the park Meanwhile Nina's cousin Dalia (Francine Racette) arrives to stay with Nina. But soon Carlo Marosi appears eating at a restaurant and calling someone to meet him. What has happened in the opera house?

"4 mosche di velluto grigio" is a flawed film with am intriguing title. The atmosphere is suffocating most of the time; the camera work uses unusual angles and positions; the cast has good performance. But the plot point with the identity of the killer is weak and quite senseless. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Quatro Moscas Sobre Veludo Cinza" ("Four Flies on Grey Velvet")


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