|WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (COSA AVETE FATTO S SOLANGE?) (director/writer: Massimo Dallamano; screenwriters: story by Massimo Dallamano/Bruno Di Geronimo/Peter M. Thouet; cinematographer: Aristide Massaccesi; editor: Antonio Siciliano; music: Ennio Morricone; cast: Fabio Testi (Enrico 'Henry' Rosseni), Cristina Galbó (Elizabeth Seccles), Karin Baal (Herta Rosseni), Joachim Fuchsberger (Inspector Barth), Gunter Stoll (Prof. Bascombe), Pilar Castel (Janet Bryant), Camille Keaton (Solange Beauregard), Antony Vernon (Mr. Newton), Claudia Butenuth (Brenda Pilchard); Runtime: 96; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Leonardo Pescarolo/Fulvio Lucisano; Arrow Video; 1972-Italy/W. Germany-in Italian with English subtitles)|
by Dennis Schwartz
shocking giallo. It's directed with artistic
finesse by Italian cinematographer-turned-director
Massimo Dallamano ("What
Have they Done To Your Daughters"/"Night Child"/"Red
Rings of Fear"). It's written by the director, Peter
M. Thouet and Bruno
girl in an exclusive Catholic school, St.
Mary's Catholic School for Girls, is murdered,
Mary's, gym teacher Enrico Rossini (Fabio
Testi) is married to fellow teacher Herta (Karin
Baal). Enrico has a troubling romance going on
with the student Elizabeth Eccles (Cristina
Galbo). While on a boat ride with her on the
Thames, she sees on shore a knife flash. He dismisses
it. But later the body of Hilda Erickson, a student at
the school, is found stabbed to death at the shore. Inspector
Barth (Joachim Fuchsberger) investigates and
singles out Enrico as a prime suspect because of his
rep as a flirt with the girls. Afraid to give his
alibi for obvious reasons, Enrico investigates on his
own. Soon another student (Pilar Castel)
turns up murdered. When Elizabeth blabs to others she
may have seen the killer dressed in a priest's habit
and having long black hair, she turns up murdered. The
autopsy reveals Elizabeth was still a virgin.
further investigation by Enrico and his wife, it's
discovered (near the movie's end) that the three vics
were into lesbian experimentation and wild sex
parties with older men. Included in the group
was a girl named Solange (Camille Keaton,
the grand-daughter of Buster).
perverse thriller with nudity, gore and a creepy
atmosphere. Rumors were spread that it was based on a
crime novel by Edgar Wallace, the father of giallo,
but that was proven to be false.
REVIEWED ON 2/3/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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