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La morte scende leggera (1972)

| Mystery, Thriller
A man finds his wife brutally murdered. He has no alibi so is instructed by his lawyer to go into hiding in an abandoned hotel. Strange occurrences start happening immediately.


Leopoldo Savona


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Cast overview:
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... Giorgio Darica
Patrizia Viotti Patrizia Viotti ... Liz
Veronika Korosec Veronika Korosec ... Adele
Rossella Bergamonti Rossella Bergamonti ... Marisa
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Savara the lawyer
Antonio Anelli Antonio Anelli ... Hotel owner
Marcello Di Martire Marcello Di Martire
Mathily Doria Mathily Doria
Fernando Cerulli ... Magrini
Franco Marletta Franco Marletta ... Film director
Lella Cattaneo Lella Cattaneo ... Hotel owner's wife (as Lela Cattaneo)
Alessandro Perrella Alessandro Perrella
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Girl answering the telephone


A man finds his wife brutally murdered. He has no alibi so is instructed by his lawyer to go into hiding in an abandoned hotel. Strange occurrences start happening immediately.

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Also Known As:

Death Falls Lightly See more »

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Roma, Italy See more »

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Agata Film See more »
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Italian censorship visa # 60782 delivered on 10-8-1972. See more »

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A giallo for giallo fans
21 January 2009 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

A man returns to Mila from an out-of-town trip to find his wife brutally murdered. Realizing he doesn't have a decent alibi, he doesn't call the cops, but immediately goes to see his lawyer. It turns out that, via the lawyer, he is connected to powerful corrupt men and is helping them traffic drugs. Since it isn't in anybody's interest that the man get arrested, the lawyer puts him up in an eerie, old and nearly abandoned hotel, although he is quite annoyed that his client insists on bringing his sexy young mistress (Patrizia Viotti)along with him. Immediately strange things begin to happen in the hotel: strange music is played at odd hours, the man stumbles upon the elderly owner of the hotel who has apparently just killed HIS wife and needs help burying her, and the owners' strange but attractive daughter keeps trying to seduce him. Perhaps the old hotel is haunted, or maybe someone is trying the beleaguered murder suspect crazy?

I'd recommend this giallo to giallo fans. Everybody else may be a little put off by the bizarre beginning and the rather ridiculous plot twists at the end. Hardcore giallo fans, however, will no doubt eat this kind of absurdity up and ask for seconds. This is not a great giallo by any means. The acting is generally pretty poor, but the sexy Patrizia Viotti will probably make an impression (on male viewers at least). Viotti played Barbara Bouchet's murdered lesbian lover in the giallo classic "Amuck", but she was understandably overshadowed in that one by Bouchet and Rosalba Neri. This is her show all the way though, and while she's certainly no Meryl Streep acting-wise, she does get nice and naked several times. The music by Mark Sigis Porter is also, uh, interesting. The title song is basically a bad Jimi Hendrix imitation, but, god knows, there are far worse people to badly imitate than Hendrix.

Casual viewers may want to pass on this, but giallo fans should definitely seek it out

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