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Giornata nera per l'ariete (1971)

Not Rated | | Mystery , Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.

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Luigi Bazzoni

Writers:

David McDonald Devine (based on the novel by) (as D.M. Devine), Mario di Nardo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ... Helene
Wolfgang Preiss ... Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Isabel Lancia (as Ira Fürstenberg)
Edmund Purdom ... Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ... Sofia Bini
Renato Romano ... Dr. Riccardo Bini
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... G. Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ... Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ... Giulia
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Editor
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Man (as Guerra L. Antonio)
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini ... Man
Maurizio Bonuglia ... John Lubbock
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After a high-class party in Rome, there's an assault. The victim is injured but lives. Andrea, an investigative reporter who drinks too much, is assigned the story. Then, always on Tuesdays, there are a series of murders. At each crime scene, a glove is left with a finger cut off for each victim. After four murders, Andrea thinks he's making progress, but by this time he may himself be a suspect, and someone he loves is in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Although intact on the cinema a 2 sec cut was made to the UK Redemption video release to edit a throat-cutting. See more »

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Immaculately Made
18 September 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This ridiculously well-made Giallo stars Franco Nero as an alcoholic journalist drawn into a series of murder of which he himself is a suspect! We initially start with a new years eve party where we are introduced to many of our main characters and their complicated relationships: Nero and his on-off girlfriend, a disabled woman and her distant husband, a lady, her new lover, and jealous ex.

One of the party goers is attacked in a tunnel with an iron bar which is witnessed by a race car driver and his hooker girlfriend, and it's while Franco Nero is investigating this that the crippled lady is strangled and thrown down a flight of stairs. A glove with one finger missing seems to indicate a killer is around and we haven't seen that last of them...

There's an amazing atmosphere about this film due to the cinematography and the general tone of what your watching. Most of the film is shot in room where harsh light shines through blinds or folks stand in front of bright light sources. The only colours on display are white, grey, black and green, and there's a fair amount of use of Chiaroscuro. There's also a bizarre focus on spiral staircases, and the atonal Ennio Morricone soundtrack adds to the paranoia.

As per usual, Franco Nero is beyond belief in his role, being a drunk with a chip on his shoulder, but the biggest surprise for me was when the killer decided to focus on a small child as his latest victim, which led to some very tense scenes as the child tried to protect the house from intruders while his mum was listening on the phone, a helpless distance away.

Great film, this one.


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