Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet
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As with the previous two entries in the unofficial Animal Trilogy, Four Flies on Grey Velvet is short on explicit gore but brimming with atmosphere and artistic ingenuity, with set-piece murders primed and mined for maximum tension. It was with this film that Argento began to cement his particular style and is something of a crucible for future ideas. The murder of Roberto's maid in a local park foreshadows John Saxon's fate in Tenebre, and with its sudden lapses in time and attempted escape through the cobwebbed space between two buildings (to a soundtrack of whispers and sighs) it also sows seeds that would flourish in Suspiria. Other visual motifs (crimson curtains, extreme close-ups, inanimate objects suddenly wielded by a seemingly maniacal camera) would be repeated or re-jigged in Deep Red, Phenomena and Opera.
Argento's original intention was to have a gay protagonist and though the character of Roberto is still open to such a reading - his victimisation being as a result of a fear of being outed (as a murderer) has obvious correlations (note also Brandon's shaggy mane v Farmer's gamine crop or the rather tame bathtub scene with Francine Racette which sees Roberto playfully seducing his mirror image) - the more overt references are passed to Jean-Pierre Marielle who brings immense likeability to a small role as the PI hired by Roberto, and whose swish factor is tempered by a steely determination to finally cracking a case. A frosty Farmer acquits herself well, though Brandon is merely okay.Read more ›
Roberto is an up-and-coming musician. One night he confronts a stranger that had apparently been stalking him. There's a bit of a struggle, an accidental murder, and someone watching with a camera. Ohhh snap, let the mind games begin....
FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET is classic Argento stuff--atmospheric, suspenseful, clever camera shots, dark humor, creepy music, plus some stylistic, high-impact violence & blood splatter. It all builds up into one heckuva interesting and layered giallo like only Dario can deliver.
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Originally, Four Flies on Grey Velvet was meant to be the last part of Dario Argento's "Animal Trilogy" and his Swan song with the Giallo genre. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Omnes
Amazing film and it's wonderful to have it as complete as possiblePublished 5 months ago by Hannibelectro
Dario Argento took a gamble creating a story that revolves around an unlikeable jerk, who, at best, is remote and wooden (whether that's the actor's fault or the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Einsatz
Good mystery and loved the bath tub scene, surprise ending.Published 8 months ago by A. J. Morley808
Being a fan of Dario Argento I decided to take a gamble on this movie. Dario's earlier work is what had defined him. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gino B Sinopoli
First off, once again I received an order from Amazon with 2 out of 3 disc cases in my order including Four Flies on Grey Velvet being broken and pieces of plastic jostling around... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fred
It was great. I got it for my son who had been looking for it for some time. He is a Dario Argento fan. Good quality and came quicker than I expected. Well packaged.Published 22 months ago by Cicely Jones
If you want to complete your Argento "Animal Trilogy" or if you just like stylish giallo-cinema, look no further. This release is Quality, with a capital Q. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by N.C.
When Roberto Tobias believes he has killed a man, he becomes the target of a complex blackmail plot, made more complex by the existence of a real killer who is murdering everyone... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Channel KDK12