Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Girl who Knew Too Much

La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo (1963)

Ranking: Sort of
Trashiness: Slightly Trashy

Giallo about a tourist (Letícia Román) who thinks she witnesses a murder and, with the help of a local doctor (John Saxon), must find out the truth about the 'alphabet killer' before she becomes the next victim.

Comfortingly familiar plot (though apparently this is one of the first films to use the formula), and a well done film. It was moderately suspenseful with an underlying sense of humour. Mostly intentional. It was all borderline pervey, but hey, whatever.

The whole thing played more like a comedy send up of the murder mystery than a straight thriller, which was alright. It was pretty funny.

I kept thinking that the best thing about the movie was the lighting though. I dunno. It really drew my attention. It was very well lit, so atmospheric. Certain movies should only be in black and white.

Um, yeah, it was fairly well acted, though I kept wondering if John Saxon was actually speaking Italian or if he was dubbed. It was sort of hard to tell, but I got the impression he was speaking English.

The movie was alright. I don't know. It wasn't amazing but it wasn't bad. I don't really have any strong feelings towards it in any way. That's why I've been sitting here noting the technical skill of those involved. The film was well photographed. The sets well constructed. I don't remember anything about the sound editing, although I did like the music.

There was that one really sleazy song they played a couple of times in the movie. I liked that song. And there were enough little references to make obnoxious film buffs feel smug.

I dunno. Yeah, it was okay. I chuckled. It didn't kill me. I'm getting tired. I should probably take a break, have lunch or go to the bathroom or something, but hey, whatever.


Directed by: Mario Bava. Written by: Mario Bava, Enzo Corbucci, Ennio De Concini, Eliana De Sabata, Mino Guerrini, Franco Prosperi. Starring: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentia Cortese, Gianni De Benedetto, Dante Di Paulo.

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