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Plot of Fear (1976)

Michele Placido , Paolo Cavara  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michele Placido
  • Directors: Paolo Cavara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ATHNR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Great characters, solid acting, lots of nudity, cool music, and a cartoon porno. That is a formula for cinematic gold. The video presentation and the supplemental material give the disc an extra nudge, making this one a must have. --Rock! Shock! Pop!

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Told through ingenious flashbacks, Plot of Fear tells the story of a group of wealthy men and women who get murdered one by one at a decadent weekend party. In his attempt to find a connection between the victims Inspector Lomenzo (Michele Placido) encounters a mysterious fashion model (Cornine Clery) who reveals that at this the drugged-out sex party one of the young girls was `accidently` killed during a gruesome practical joke. However, it seems that someone at this party is killing the others, but who and why? A brilliant cast lead by Michele Placido, Cornine Clery along with Tom Skerrit and Eli Wallach.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It Immensely March 13, 2013
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"Plot of Fear" is from 1976 and is directed by Paolo Cavara. It was not distributed well upon release is virtually unknown until this RaroVideo release with a lot of extras. Included in the cast are Tom Skerritt and Eli Wallach (once again so incredible) although the top billed stars are Corinne Clery and Michele Placido. Clery clearly tries to duplicate her success from "The Story of O" (which I hope to never see again) and Placido is a great anti-hero police inspector. The mystery is very complex and demands several viewings, although it is acceptable merely as a late-period giallo, but Cavara and co-writers Bernardino Zapponi and Enrico Oldoini tried for something more. It is so well done, I did not want to see it end. The special features include interviews and the HD transfer which is digitally restored. Highly recommended. Color. It is supposed to be bad luck to have the word "fear" in a title, but as according to an interview on the disc, the movie never got it's just desserts as it supposedly went by an even more lurid title upon release. What has superstition ever brought us?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat But Addictive Giallo Thriller November 25, 2013
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I finally got around to viewing Director Paolo Cavara's 'PLOT OF FEAR' aka 'E TANTO PAURA'-1978 and was riveted to my monitor wanting this film to never reach its climax. I agree with the other reviewers in that the plot is so intriguing that the story line becomes superfluous as the characters careen off each other beautifully to the pace of screenwriters Cavara, Bernardino Zapponi and Enrico Oldoini excellent script. Actor Michele Placido is the perfect anti hero and gorgeous French actress Corinne Clery who would go on to become a Bond Girl in Director Lewis Gilbert's 'MOONRAKER'-1979 the following year keep the pace moving at a rapid clip with cameos by American actor Eli Wallach and a very early take by Tom Skerritt before his encounter with Director Ridley Scott's 'ALIEN'-1979. The other reviewers have delved into the plot so enjoy the great photography from Franco Di Giacomo who also worked with Dario Argento among others and the Morricone-like music score by Daniele Patucchi. Director Cavara who started out with documentaries like 'MONDO CANE'-1962 directed one of my favorite Giallo's 'THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA' aka 'LA TARANTOLA DEL VENTRE NERO'-1971 and really shows style as he delivers the goods. This Raro Video release has great interviews with the Director's son Pietro, writer Enrico Oldioni, and actor Michele Placido who has a great story about actress Clery. I viewed the DVD release and it is presented in a gorgeous 1.85 transfer with Dolby Digital Stereo sound and English and Italian with English Subtitles. All in all, a great purchase for Euro Horror and thriller fans. Highly recommended.
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[PLOT OF FEAR - (1976) - Widescreen - directed by Paolo Cavara - In Italian w/ English subtitles] An effeminate middle-aged man in an extremely colorfully decorated, well-to-do apartment sits in his afghan reading aloud from a book about artful decadence when his doorbell rings. He's both expecting and excited by this caller, and has to disarm an elaborate alarm system to open the door. In walks a large, expressionless tall woman, whom he greets with a glass of champagne after she takes off her coat. She slaps his face, then once again as he slumps to the floor submissively, and she drags him to his feet by his hair and proceeds to strangle him. Opening credits roll.

A bus pulls into its last stop, and the sole passenger, an attractive woman with brunette hair, gets up to leave by the rear door. It won't open; she makes a harsh comment to the driver, tries the door again, and sees the faceless driver with his cap pulled downward walking down the aisle with an extremely large wrench. Instead of using it to pry the door, he bludgeons her with it. He then leaves a children's book illustration on her lifeless torso.

In a packed police station, we're introduced to a stereotypical selection of societal outcasts (hookers, pimps, drunks, trannies, cons, etc.) and the inspector in charge of these two particular homicides, Lomenzo (Michele Placido). We soon learn that the male victim was known by the hookers as 'Lollipop', due to his penchant for licking feet, legs and buttocks of the hired women, and he was into S+M fetish clubs. There was a calling card left there too, and both were from a 19th century children's classic, "Shock-Headed Peter".
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