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Who Saw Her Die? (1972)

Chi l'ha vista morire? (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 12 May 1972 (Italy)
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A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director:

Aldo Lado

Writers:

Francesco Barilli (screenplay), Massimo D'Avak (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lazenby ... Franco Serpieri
Anita Strindberg ... Elizabeth Serpieri
Adolfo Celi ... Serafian
Dominique Boschero ... Ginevra Storelli
Peter Chatel ... Filippo Venier
Piero Vida ... Journalist Cuman
José Quaglio ... Bonaiuti
Alessandro Haber Alessandro Haber ... Father James
Nicoletta Elmi ... Roberta Serpieri
Rosemarie Lindt Rosemarie Lindt ... Gabriella
Giovanni Rosselli Giovanni Rosselli ... François Roussel aka Francesco Storelli (as Giovanni Forti Rosselli)
Sandro Grinfan Sandro Grinfan ... Police Commissioner De Donato (as Sandro Grinfa)
Carlo Hollesch Carlo Hollesch ... The Man who plays Table Tennis
George Willing George Willing ... (as Georg Willing)
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... (credit only)
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A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) start investigating, and soon find they are in way over their head. Meanwhile, the body-count keeps rising as the killer now starts butchering all those who find out too much... Written by Nick Cuyvers

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Mystery | Thriller

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The pinball machine that Roberta plays is a 1967 "Harmony" electro-mechanical machine made by D. Gottlieb & Co. See more »

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Journalist: There hasn't been a child murder in Venice for years. Got any clues, Inspector?
Inspector De Donati: I'm afraid not. In this type of killing, the motive is psychological. Whoever did it is insane. But with a little luck, we will manage to catch him.
Journalist: I don't think you can catch pneumonia!
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An excellent stylish and sinister murder mystery
3 June 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Aldo Lado is surely one of the most under-rated Italian directors of the 70's. He seems to be relatively forgotten, while several lesser contemporaries get a lot more attention. But whatever the case, Lado was responsible for three excellent horror/thrillers in the mid-70's. There was the nasty revenge thriller Night Train Murders and a couple of gialli - the Prague-set Short Night of the Glass Dolls and the Venice-set Who Saw Her Die? All films were very distinct from one and other and all had considerable style to burn.

Who Saw Her Die? is the one which follows the classic style formula of the giallo most closely. In it a serial killer is on the prowl in Venice. Like Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now, this one used the crumbling streets of that famous ancient city to great creepy effect. It begins, however, in the French Alps with a nicely atmospheric prologue in which a young child is killed by a black-veiled killer in the snowy expanses. This villain is a very good one and is presented throughout the movie in a very sinister manner indeed, with close-up shots of their shoes as they menacingly advance toward their victims and shots of their obscured veiled face. Additionally this character is accompanied by an absolutely rivetingly creepy Ennio Morricone theme which is a controlled cacophony of a children's choir over a steady beat. It's one of his most memorable individual bits of music and that's saying a lot considering the sheer volume and quality of Il Maestro's output. The cast is solid with George Lazenby appearing in his first starring role following his solitary turn as James Bond in the under-valued On Her Majesty's Secret Service; while he is ably supported by genre regular's such as Anita Strindberg (The Case of the Scorpion's Tail) and Adolfo Celi (Danger: Diabolik).

As far as I am concerned, this is an excellent giallo by one of the most reliable Italian directors from the period. It works well as a pretty intriguing mystery, while it delivers the requisite vicarious thrills too. And most importantly it presents these things with a healthy slice of style and verve. Well worth seeing…!


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Country:

Italy | Monaco | France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

12 May 1972 (Italy) See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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