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Four Flies on Grey Velvet

(4 mosche di velluto grigio)
1971 | ItalyFrance | 104 min | More...
A still from Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
on Fri Jul 02, 2021

Writer-director Dario Argento’s third entry in his “Animal Trilogy” behind The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and The Cat o’ Nine Tails. Michael Brandon plays a drummer in a successful rock band. One night after rehearsal, he confronts a stalker and commits manslaughter. His crime goes undiscovered by police, but another stalker threatens first to expose him, then to kill him.

Premiering a mere eleven months after The Cat o’ Nine Tails, this needed more time in the oven. Argento proffers some memorable scenes, such as the killer stalking an informant in a dark park, and a terrific slow-motion car crash, but they can’t compensate for his tepid script.

The plot turns on the ludicrous premise that the human eye retains its last image after death. The left-field finale drowns in exposition. Even the tone proves uneven, with stilted comedy injected via a flamboyant detective and a talky scene set in a coffin exhibition.

The Shameless Blu-ray is more than watchable, but the source elements pale compared to the high-definition remasters Argento’s prior films received from Arrow and Blue Underground.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Fri Jul 02, 2021 via Blu-ray (2012 | Shameless)