4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio (1972)

4 Mosche di Velluto Grigio (1972, ITA/FRA) C-101m. SCOPE ** D: Dario Argento. Starring Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bud Spencer, Aldo Bufi Landi, Calisto Calisti, Francine Racette. Argento's third feature film, the final part in his Animal Trilogy of giallos. Brandon plays a drummer for a successful rock group, who accidentally kills a stranger and finds himself stalked by the only witness of the crime, a mystery man who might have staged the murder. So-so plot and performances are almost overcome by typical Argento stylistics and haunting theme song by Ennio Morricone. An interesting addition to the director's canon and certainly not his worst film. There is also a surprising amount of (welcome) comic relief in the picture (a homosexual detective, a paranoid postman). Not very violent and quite low-key, despite the director's reputation. A striking point in Argento's career, who turned away from the murder mystery (giallo) genre and went on to make the comedy LE CINQUE GIORNATE next. A must for his followers. Written by Argento, Luigi Cozzi (also ass dir) and Mario Foglietti. English title: FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET.


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