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The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 7 July 1972 (Hong Kong)
When a girl is murdered in a park, a television presenter is accused of killing the girl, who happens to be his daughter's best friend.

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Duccio Tessari
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Cast

Cast overview:
Helmut Berger ... Giorgio
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Alessandro Marchi
Evelyn Stewart ... Maria Marchi
Silvano Tranquilli ... Inspector Berardi
Wendy D'Olive ... Sarah Marchi (as Wendi D'Olive)
Günther Stoll Günther Stoll ... Attorney Giulio Cordaro
Wolfgang Preiss ... The Prosecutor
Lorella De Luca ... Marta Clerici
Peter Shepherd Peter Shepherd ... The Inspector's Assistant
Gabriella D'Olive Gabriella D'Olive ... Gabriella Giusti (as Gabriella Venditti)
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano
Anna Zinnemann Anna Zinnemann ... Anna Bellini
Dana Ghia ... Giorgio's mother
Federica Tessari Federica Tessari ... Federica Sartesi
Carole André ... Françoise Pigaut
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When a girl is murdered in a park, a television presenter is accused of killing the girl, who happens to be his daughter's best friend.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 July 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bloodstained Butterfly See more »

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Mono (Westrex Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Inspector Berardi: Because, in the way I see it, the killer could only be one of two types. Either a person who was seized by a sudden impulse and in all probability has no police record, or else, a sex maniac.
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Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra
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Excellent Story-Driven Giallo

Duccio Tessari is probably best known as the director of several Spaghetti Westerns, most prominently the "Ringo" films with Giuliano Gemma, as well as the well-known Italian Crime flick "Tony Arzenta". The man also served as an (uncredited) co-writer of Sergio Leone's Italian Western milestone "Fistful of Dollars", and as a writer of several sword and sandal films in the early 60s. As a director, Tessari's doubtlessly best films are his two intelligent and plot-driven Gialli, "L'Uomo Senza Memoria" (aka. "The Man Without Memory", 1974) and this gem. "Una Farfalla Con Le Ali Insanguiante" aka. "Bloodstained Butterfly" of 1971 is a terrific, beauty- and suspenseful example for a purely plot-based Giallo that profits from an excellent cast, a great score, wonderful settings and a sublime cinematography. As it is the case with Tessari's other Giallo, "The Man Without Memory", "Bloodstained Butterfly" is a Giallo that focuses on the Mystery more than the Horror-elements of the genre. And the film is indeed a perfectly constructed puzzle of a mystery that is (though convoluted) always easy to follow.

When a French exchange student (Carole André) is murdered by multiple stabbing in a park in Bergamo, the police arrest TV anchor Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia). Marchi's daughter Sarah (Wendy D'Olive), who was friends with the murdered girl, does not believe in her father's guilt... As said above, this is a purely story-driven Giallo. For genre-standards, there are only very few murders and very little gore. The film is very suspenseful, however, and delivers mystery and innovative twists from the beginning to the end, as a good Giallo should. The beautiful Bergamo locations are a wonderful setting for the film, which is furthermore (in good Giallo-tradition) brilliantly photographed. The beautiful score intensifies the atmosphere, and the film profits from a very good ensemble cast. The characters are all complex and elaborate. The always-sinister Helmut Berger and Italian Grenre-cinema regulars such as Ida Galli ("The Case Of The Scorpion's Tail"), Günter Stoll ("What Have They Done To Solange"), Silvano Tranquilli ("The Black Belly of The Tarantula"), and Giancarlo Sbragia ("Tony Arzenta") all deliver very good performances. As said, for a Giallo this features little violence and gore and also little sleaze, but the magnificently elaborate plot should be more than pleasant to Genre-fans. "Bloodstained Butterfly" is beautifully filmed with a lot of style, and highly recommended to my fellow Giallo-fans.


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