Dec 28, 2009

Posted in 1970s, European Films, Films Categories, Italy, James, Reviewers

What Have You Done To Solange (1972)

What Have You Done To Solange (1972)

What Have You Done To Solange (Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange – 1972)

Giallo, meaning “yellow” in Italian has become sort of a house hold term to describe a genre of film started with films like Mario Bava’s “Blood and Black Lace”, Dario Argento’s “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage”, Umberto Lenzi’s “The Secret Killer” and Sergio Martino’s “All the Colors of the Dark”. Highly stylized violence, cool camera angles and black gloved killers with knives became a trade mark of these gialli. Pulp novels using yellow covers depicting some sort of violence published by Mondadori were the inspiration for these films. Basically the term has come to mean “thriller.” They are even the inspiration for certain American slasher films like “Friday the 13th (See Mario Bava’s “Twitch of the Death Nerve AKA Bay of Blood”)

What Have You Done To Solange was directed by Massimo Dallamano, based on work by Edgar Wallace, starring Fabio Testi, with a unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone and great cinematography by Aristide Massaccesi (Otherwise know as the infamous Joe D’Amato director of the notorious Anthropophagus).

Set in London, Enrico (Fabio Testi) is a teacher at an all girls school. He is married and having a relationship with one of the students, Elizabeth. One day he and Elizabeth are on a row boat on a river and she thinks she see’s something, a girl and maybe a knife. He does not believe her. The next day a young girl is found dead. Upon hearing the report on the radio Enrico rushes over to the spot where the girl was found. Through a series of unfortunate events Enrico becomes a suspect. Bodies of young girls accumulate. Someone is assaulting them and violating them in their most intimates of intimates with knives which are then left in them. Who is Solange (Camille Keaton, I Spit on Your Grave) and what does she have to do with the murders. Could the killer be a priest. Sex games and unwanted pregnancy a bound as Enrico gets closer and closer to the terrifying conclusion and discovery of what they did to Solange.

I love gialli and this one in particular has always stood out to me. A strong story, flawed hero, tons of nudity. Morricone’s score is wonderful. Like a lot of movies the motivation is simple revenge. But it is the reason for the killers revenge that is worth discovering. The DVD itself is 2:35.1 Anamorphic Widescreen and comes with a reproduction press kit, trailers, talent bios and an art gallery.

This review is based on the Shriek Show release.

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