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Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

La tarantola dal ventre nero (original title)
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »

Director:

Paolo Cavara

Writers:

Marcello Danon (story), Lucile Laks (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Tellini
Claudine Auger ... Laura
Barbara Bouchet ... Maria Zani
Rossella Falk ... Franca Valentino
Silvano Tranquilli ... Paolo Zani
Annabella Incontrera ... Mirta Ricci
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano ... Masseur
Barbara Bach ... Jenny
Stefania Sandrelli ... Anna Tellini
Giancarlo Prete ... Mario
Anna Saia Anna Saia ... Maria's friend
Eugene Walter Eugene Walter ... Ginetto, the waiter (as Walter Eugene)
Nino Vingelli ... Inspector Di Giacomo
Daniele Dublino ... Entomologist
Giuseppe Fortis Giuseppe Fortis ... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. As suspects keep dying, Inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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With needles dipped in deadly venom the victims are paralyzed - so they must lie awake and watch themselves die!


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

9 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Belly of the Tarantula See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Da Ma Produzione, P.A.C. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ennio Morricone's haunting, unique music score featured the authentic sounds of voicalists exhaling for its main theme. See more »

Goofs

Crew member visible in second victim's clothes shop. See more »

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Referenced in The Editor (2014) See more »

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Yellow Heaven
5 April 2006 | by Francoesque-2See all my reviews

A great giallo from a director who made too-few forays into the genre but come up with the goods each time.

In particular, this (like "The Fifth Cord") is a great example of how the giallo creates a particular physical space in which the drama takes place - all ultra-modern and chic, with all sorts of psychosis rotting away under the slick surface.

Highlights include a great chase around and on the roof of a modernist office, Giancarlo Giannini's fine performance as a cop struggling with doubts about his abilities in a case that gets all too personal, a cameo by Walter Eugene from "The House With Laughing Windows", a high quota of gorgeous starlets and one of Morricone's best scores. And another guest-starring appearance by J&B scotch - surely worthy of a few PhD essays in it's own right for it's ubiquity in the genre (did the Italians drink an awful lot of this in the 60S and 70s or were they keen early adopters of product placement?)

Well worth a viewing for the general thriller fan and a must for any self-respecting giallo aficionado.


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