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Short Night of the Glass Dolls (1971)
aka
Malastrana

Director: Aldo Lado
Genre: Giallo/Horror

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Synopsis:
"The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel of Lizard in a Woman's Skin) is found in a Prague plaza and brought to the local morgue. But Moore is actually alive, trapped inside his dead body and desperately recalling how the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach of The Spy Who Loved Me) led to a terrifying conspiracy of depravity. Can a reporter with no visible signs of life solve this perverse puzzle before he meets his ultimate deadline?

Ingrid Thulin (The Damned, Salon Kitty) co-stars in this unusual and startling 1971 giallo (also known as Paralyzed and Malastrana) that marked the debut of writer/director Aldo Lado (Who Saw Her Die?) and features a superb score by the legendary Ennio Morricone.

The giallo (yellow) refers to the controversial series of savage Italian suspense thrillers that shocked international audiences throughout the '60s and '70s. The Giallo Collection presents these rarely seen classics fully restored from original vault elements and filled with all the explicit sex, graphic violence, and startling twist endings that have come to define this brutal, stylish genre." - from DVDPacific


My oppinion:
Aldo Lado's first movie didn't disappoint. The cinematography is really good and I loved the original way the movie was being told. The plot itself wasn't the best I've seen and the story tends to just drag along at times, but it was decent enough to keep me interested. There's no gore but a bit of nudity, even though some of the naked people were "a bit" old, almost to the point of beein frightening really! Also worth mentioning is the score, done by Ennio Morricone, which is very nice. The last 10-15 minutes are pretty crazy, but highly entertaining and memorable. Apart from the not so good plot, I really enjoyed this one. Should definantly be seen by fans of the giallo genre.

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