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What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

Cosa avete fatto a Solange? (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Massimo Dallamano

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabio Testi ... Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni
Cristina Galbó ... Elizabeth Seccles (as Christine Galbo)
Karin Baal ... Herta Rosseni
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspector Barth
Günther Stoll Günther Stoll ... Prof. Bascombe
Claudia Butenuth Claudia Butenuth ... Brenda Pilchard
Camille Keaton ... Solange Beauregard
Maria Monti Maria Monti ... Mrs. Erickson
Giancarlo Badessi Giancarlo Badessi ... Mr. Erickson
Pilar Castel Pilar Castel ... Janet Bryant
Giovanna Di Bernardo Giovanna Di Bernardo ... Helen Edmonds
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Enrico's friend
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani ... Father Webber
Antonio Casale Antonio Casale ... Mr. Newton (as Antony Vernon)
Emilia Wolkowicz Emilia Wolkowicz ... Ruth Holden (as Emilia Wolkowich)
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Storyline

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 is the mathematics teacher in the same school. On Sunday afternoon, Rosseni and Elizabeth are in a boat in a grove and the girl glances at a knife and a man hunting down a woman. Rosseni believes she is giving a pretext to avoid him and does not pay attention to her. On the next morning, Rosseni learns that a teenager was murdered in the river bank in the grove and he drives to the location. Inspector Barth goes to the school since the victim Hilda studied there and soon Rosseni becomes the prime suspect since he protects Elizabeth, who could give an alibi to him. When a second student is murdered, Elizabeth recalls that the killer where a black soutane worn by priests. While the police investigate the suspects, Elizabeth is killed ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in the Woods See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Despite a prominent co-starring billing, Camille Keaton, who plays the title character of Solange, has no dialogue throughout the film. See more »

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One of the Very Best Non-Argento Gialli
24 September 2001 | by bdeyes81See all my reviews

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE?

If you are reading this review, then the likelihood is that you already know firsthand or have a very good idea of what a great giallo thriller this film is. I don't want to say too much, because as anyone who has seen this film already knows, divulging even the most minor details can potentially spoil everything. This much I CAN say:

Elizabeth is a young woman having an affair with her married Catholic high school teacher, Henry. One one rendezvous she witnesses what she believes to be a murder committed by a man dressed like a priest. Sure enough the body of one of Elizabeth's classmates turns up, and not long after more of her classmates show up dead. The only apparent link is that all of them are attending the same Catholic high school, and all of them are killed in the same shocking manner (I won't divulge the vital MO used by the killer, but I will say that you'll be glad it's not explicitly shown!). But as sophisticated giallo fans know, there is indeed a connection between this string of dead girls. It's up to Elizabeth, Henry, and Herta to uncover the dark secret of exactly what has been done to Solange...

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? gets off to a rather slow start, and I have to admit that for the first 30 min or so I thought that the film was going to be a vastly overrated disappointment. However, much to my satisfaction, I was quite wrong. Although it takes a while to get there, once this movie gets going, it simply does not let up. That's not to say that it has a particularly fast pace, but the story unfolds with so many twists and turns and new characters that mystery fans will be tingling with glee. As if the intriguing title were not enough, the slowly but surely unfolding technique of the screenplay will leave your mouth watering for a big pay off. And, unlike 99% of otherwise good thrillers, this movie has an extraordinary denouement. The final minutes of the film will shock you, stun you, and have you starting the film all over again. Furthermore, the killer's identity in the film is not only a surprise, but it also makes perfect sense in the context of the story...a rare feat achieved in thrillers, but one which caps off the film quite nicely (to say the least!).

I would not go so far as to say that I could see this film being written/directed by Dario Argento, because it is not quite as exciting or edgy or offbeat as his works. However, unlike many of the giallo thrillers that have managed to make it to the US (dozens and dozens were produced in Italy during the early 70s, only a fraction of which were distributed in the US one way or another), "Solange" is a film which can certainly be ranked on the same level as some of Argento's classics. I might not put it up there with Deep Red or Tenebre, but I'd certainly place it on the same ranks as The Animal Trilogy.

Even if you have never seen this film before, I can assure you that it will be worth owning for any fans of thrillers/gialli/Italian horror. It's simply stunning, and speaking as an avid fan of Hitchcock, Bava, and Argento, I cannot recommend it enough.

My Grade: A


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