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In London, the Italian gym teacher Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni is having a love affair with his eighteen year-old student Elizabeth Seccles, who is the daughter of the owner of the Catholic school where he works and she studies. His estranged wife, Herta Rosseni's the mathematics teacher. Rosseni and Elizabeth are in a boat in a grove when the girl sees a man hunting down a woman. Rosseni believes she's making it up, but the next morning, Rosseni learns a teenager was murdered; in the river bank in the grove. Inspector Barth goes to the school since the victim Hilda studied there and soon, Rosseni's the prime suspect, though Elizabeth could give an him an alibi. When a second student's murdered, and then so is Elizabeth. Rosseni decides to investigate, and teams up with Herta to find the of the mysterious Solange Beauregard, but what might have happened to Solange?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mindful of the American aversion to dubbed foreign films, the production team decided that the shooting would be exclusively made in English language despite the accent of the actors. Consequently the English looping coincided so well with the lip movements of the actors that no one in the U.S. noticed the film was dubbed. See more »
The UK cinema certificate was rejected by the BBFC. It was eventually released on the Redemption video label in 1996 after 2 minutes 15 secs of cuts to edit the bath murder, and heavily reduce shots of nudity and knives between victim's legs & knees. See more »
This is a good murder mystery, based on an Edgar Wallace novel. It has all the ingredients of a good giallo: horrible murders, sex, religion and nightmarish flashbacks.(Especially the one at the end is bound to give you bad dreams).
The plot isn't always logical, and the acting isn't very convincing. But the direction is good and the music by Ennio Morricone is one of the best scores he has ever made.
If you like the movies of Dario Argento, you'll love this one.
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