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  • Senza via d'uscita

    Senza via d'uscita 1970

    ★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2015

    Gilbert Mardeau (Philippe Leroy) works in a Stockholm bank as a courier. He is stuck in a loveless marriage with Michele (Marisa Mell) and has a son, but he regularly sees Britt (Lea Massari) on the side. One day the Mardeau’s son is kidnapped and Gilbert is told to come up with 200.000 if he wants their son back alive.

    I didn’t have very high expectations for this fairly rare thriller set in Stockholm, but I’m pleased to say it…

  • The Three Sisters

    The Three Sisters 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2015 5

    Recent attempts of making gialli seem to go one out of two ways; they’re either great-looking, super stylized affairs that make little or no narrative sense or they end up feeling like poor pastiches of the great films of the 70’s. The latter ones usually tick the boxes of the Blood and Black Lace lookalike killer, J&B, scantily clad women and poor acting.

    In The Three Sisters director Dáire McNab tries to bring the giallo formula to modern day Ireland…

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  • The Man on the Roof

    The Man on the Roof 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 23 Nov, 2013 1

    Few films have been as instrumental in forming my love of cinema as Mannen på taket. I was far too young to see it when it premiered in 1976 but I’ve got vivid memories of being fascinated by the crashed helicopter on top of the marquee at the cinema Spegeln. Photo here:

    I first saw it in 1984 when it was broadcast on Swedish tv. My parents wouldn’t let me see the first five minutes and I can certainly…

  • Long Lasting Days

    Long Lasting Days 1973

    ★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2013

    A decent little thriller by Ferdinando Baldi. Andrea (Mino Reitano) agrees to take part in a "The Running Man"-type scenario for a group of bored socialites. In order to raise funds for heart surgery needed by Anna (Ewa Aulin), the woman he loves. An interesting premise with some twists towards the end. I didn't know much about it going in and thought it would be a giallo, but the first half is more of a romantic melodrama that switches into…