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  • Actors: Mario Adorf, Jean Sorel, Ingrid Thulin, Barbara Bach
  • Directors: Aldo Lado
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4TA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 (SALON KITTY, THE DAMNED) and Mario Adorf (THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) co-star in this unusual and startling giallo (also known as PARALYZED and MALASTRANA) that marked the debut of writer/director Aldo Lado (NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, WHO SAW HER DIE?) and features a superb score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (THE STENDHAL SYNDROME).


"A Sensational Example Of The Genre!" -- Channel 4 Film

"Style To Burn And One Hell Of A Great Mystery!" -- Eccentric Cinema

Customer Reviews

Finally, could somebody please explain the title?
Robert Cossaboon
The film is a little too talky in places but is punctuated with some great scenes of superbly edited action.
A Customer
What makes it significant, however, is the symbolism/subtext involved.
J. Krall

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Veritas Veritatis on August 17, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Short Night Of Glass Dolls" is a great


The plot is very interesting with
a 1970's pop-culture idea of
individual freedom which is being
suppressed by a secretive conspiracy
of cold-war, communist fascists in
Chechoslavakia who use some sort
of occult sex-magic religion as their
underlying means of control.

It seems that young woman are being
kidnapped to tap into their sexual power
which is required by those in control
of the civil government and other
aspects of culture such as the arts.

The story is delivered as the memories
of a man who is apparently dead, but
remains somehow alive and conscious,
a zombie in the voodoo sense, made so
by the above mentioned cult,
which is another mystery not explained
until the end.

His girlfriend is missing and he
must find her.
The search leads him to the discovery
of the cult.

If you like mysteries with lots of
culture and politics,
I'm sure this one will do.
Great cinematography, music (Morricone)
and pacing.

The ending pays off if you stay
with the slowly paced film.
There are excellent moments and
interesting characters throughout.

It is a very influential film as
it predates other popular
films with similar themes that
were loved by many whom I'm sure
never saw nor heard of this film.

note bene:
Spoiler **********************
Near to the end of the film
there is an occultic sex orgy
involving elderly people that
I found disturbing. It was a
really creepy soft porn scene
that would have been best done
in a more implicit way.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2004
Format: DVD
It was a beautiful day indeed when Anchor Bay released a box set of four classic Italian gialli films. Most fans of Italian horror films know all about these colorful murder mystery pictures-- thanks to Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, and Dario Argento--but how many of us know about Aldo Lado? Two of his films appear in the boxed set, "Short Night of Glass Dolls" and the impenetrable "Who Saw Her Die?" On the surface, both films look like absolute grand slam winners. We've a killer on the prowl, gruesome murders, red herrings, and a protagonist determined to bring the guilty to justice. Lado also gives us point of view shots from the killer's perspective, an evil and powerful conspiracy working behind the scenes, and style wafting off the screen in waves. Yep, "Who Saw Her Die?" and "Short Night of Glass Dolls" are definitely gialli in most respects. The latter film measures up well when compared to the giants of the genre. "Short Night of Glass Dolls" approaches the greatness of Argento's epic films "Deep Red" and "Tenebre," and compares just as well to Lucio Fulci's massively entertaining "Don't Torture a Duckling." "Glass Dolls" is definitely a better picture than "Who Saw Her Die?"

Whereas "Who Saw Her Die?" took place in Venice, "Short Night of Glass Dolls" is set in Prague, Czechoslovakia. As the film opens, we see a groundskeeper finding the lifeless body of a journalist named Gregory (Jean Sorel) in a dense thicket. Not surprisingly, he calls in the authorities, who arrive and move the body to the local morgue in the hopes of discovering its identity and the cause of death. But Gregory, we soon learn, is not dead. Rather, he is in a cataleptic state as a result of an injection brought about by an odd series of events.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 2002
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An unusual and challenging horror/suspense film. Great concept, story line, editing, and overall wallop. Not much like a traditional giallo. Only downside is the dubious dubbing and sometimes awkward foreign dialogue, but if you're used to the genre, it's not too bad. This original film deserves a bigger audience. This deserves a place with the best of Italian horror/fantasy cinema.
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La Corta Notte della Bambole de Vetro (Short Night of Glass Dolls) (Aldo Lado, 1971)

Short Night of Glass Dolls, Aldo Lado's debut film, is the movie that has been sitting in the review queue the longest, as of this writing. I watched it, my spreadsheet tells me, almost two years ago, on March 22, 2012. Well, my new year's resolution to not have anything on this list for longer than a year (hey, I have to be gradual about these things...you'd be horrified if you saw how many completely empty title headers are sitting in this document) gives me a kick in the pants to start writing something about Short Night of Glass Dolls. And, true to form, I started off writing an entire paragraph about how I haven't written anything about Short Night of Glass Dolls in almost two years. Which is interesting, in that I actually remember a good deal more about this movie than I do many, many that I have seen between March 22, 2012 and now, despite the rather lackluster rating I gave it (for the tl;dr crowd, whose eyes are probably already glazed over, I'll tell you it's 2.5 and you can get on with your lives).

The story revolves around Gregory Moore (Belle de Jour's Jean Sorel, who amusingly features in another movie that's about to hit the one-year mark without a review, Fred Zinnemann's The Day of the Jackal), an American journalist in Italy. He's pretty much living the good life—until, that is, he wakes up one day to find himself unable to move, sitting on an operating table, with everyone around him believing he's dead. We spend the rest of the movie inside Gregory's head, as he tries to figure out how he got here, and what chain of events might have led to this. But you know it's going to have something to do with the ultra-hot girlfriend, Mira (Caveman's Barbara Bach)...
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