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La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 30 May 1972 (West Germany)
An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

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Jessica
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Gregory Moore
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Jacques Versain
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Mira Svoboda
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Professor Karting
José Quaglio ...
Valinski
Relja Basic ...
Ivan
Piero Vida ...
Kommissar Kierkoff
Daniele Dublino ...
Doctor
Sven Lasta
Luciano Catenacci ...
Morgue Employee
Michaela Martin
Vjenceslav Kapural
Jürgen Drews ...
Street Singer
Semka Sokolovic-Bertok ...
Nastassja - Gregory's Neighbor (as Semka Sokolovic)
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Greg Moore, an American journalist visiting Prague with his girlfriend Mira is found dead. However, he's actually only temporarily paralyzed, but the coroner fails to realize this and proceeds to prepare him for the autopsy. While Moore awaits his doom, he tries to recollect what has happened to him. It all starts when his girl disappears. He asks his friend, a local journalist, for help. They discover that this was just the latest in a series of disappearances of young pretty girls in the area. Their investigation leads them to a strange high profile private club, whose affluent members practice odd ritualistic orgies and bizarre dark rites.

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The Short Night of the Butterflies
Sung by Jürgen Drews
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Not a typical giallo.... not a giallo at all
19 August 2004 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Malastrana is based on an interesting and highly original idea. However the movie is too slow, there is no gloved killer, only a couple of murders take place which are very unoriginal and ordinary (not the ones you expect from a giallo) and the ending is not that surprising at all. The film never manages to build up the tension and make you involved in it. Definitely, the weakest film of Anchor's Bay " Giallo Collection". I would call it more a mystery film than a giallo. Morricone's music score is simply good (nothing special for his standards). Recommended only for hard core fans of giallo 5/10


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