of the Last and Truly Great Examples of the traditional Italian Thriller
Japanese Title: GIALLO [Yellow]
also known as THE ITALIAN THRILLER and LE CUGINE [Cousins]
Gianfranco Baldanello |
editor: Bruno Mattei
starring: Lisa Seagram ˇ Maurizio Bonuglia ˇ Caterina Barrbero
ˇ Franco Ricci ˇ Renato De Carmine
between 1964-1970, the Giallo (Italian thriller) was
the forerunner of today's 'erotic thriller,' with a plot defendant
on immoral themes, devious schemes, multiple plot twists, and plenty of
sex (as exemplified by Lucio Fulci's excellent PERVERSION
STORY). All that changed with a new wave of explicit directors
(ie, Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Sergio Martino, et al)
and the Giallo became more of a horror-crime film in the early seventies.
Here, now, is a rare opportunity to see and enjoy one of the OG Italian
thrillers, perhaps the last of its kind.
young woman Valentina moves from England to Paris on a lark. She immediately
meets and marries Pierre. A short time later, her grandfather dies and
they go to the family funeral, hoping for a big inheritance. At the family
estate, Valentina meets Marta, her long-lost (and uptight) cousin who
had been dedicated to taking care of the patriarch for all those years.
During the reading of the will, Marta is in for quite a shock as the entire
inheritance is left to her (undeserving) hippie cousin. Marta is despondent
and in her confusion she succumbs to sexual advances from Pierre. The
seduction was part of a game contrived by Valentina. But then, suddenly
Valentina is found murdered...
Italian film with English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut version
(80 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT, playable on any
American machine. Extras include theatrical trailers.
Intended for Mature Audiences