Who Saw Her Die? ★★★

The story of an estranged English couple in Venice who are recovering from the death of their daughter, and get dragged into a murky underworld when they investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.

No, this isn't Don't Look Now - in fact, this Italian giallo film was released a year before Nic Roeg's horror classic, and is clearly (alongside other giallo films) a big influence on it.

Directed by Aldo Lado and starring ex-Bond George Lazenby as the sculptor whose daughter has been murdered in similar circumstances to other young red-headed children - this is a masterclass in using cinematography and sound to unsettle an audience. Lado's sweeping camerawork is glorious, and the POV shots of the veiled killer reminded me of Michael Powell's Peeping Tom. The real star of the film is Ennio Morricone's score featuring a haunting children's choir - which kicks in whenever danger is afoot.

The film is let down by a creaky plot and some odd narrative choices. It also doesn't help that the dialogue has been dubbed - even Lazenby has redubbed his lines.

That said, it was an interesting introduction to the world of giallo (which has been ignited by my love of Berberian Sound Studio).