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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Il Diavolo A Sette Facce (aka The Devil Has Seven Faces) (1971)

A woman (Carroll Baker) is being threatened by several sources who seem to think she is holding something of value. Two men, an attorney (Stephen Boyd) and a race car driver (George Hilton), set out to find out who are making the threats and just what is it that they want. But perhaps the woman isn't telling all she knows. This was one of the many Italian films that Baker made after she left Hollywood in the mid 1960s and went to live and work in Italy though this film was shot in The Netherlands. It has the style of a giallo but it's really a crime thriller. The narrative is confusing and highly improbable and the characters don't always act logically. None of this would matter much if the film had some style or atmosphere but it's lacking in both departments. Still, if you're a connoisseur of Miss Baker's Italian period, it should find favor with you. Directed by Osvaldo Civirani with a faux Morricone score courtesy of Stelvio Cipriani. With Lucretia Love and Franco Ressel. 

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