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What Have You Done to Solange? (1975)

Fabio Testi , Cristina Galbó , Massimo Dallamano  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger, Günther Stoll
  • Directors: Massimo Dallamano
  • Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Bruno Di Geronimo, Edgar Wallace, Peter M. Thouet
  • Producers: Fulvio Lucisano, Horst Wendlandt, Leo Pescarolo
  • Format: Color, Live, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065B05
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Have You Done to Solange?" on IMDb

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A forbidden affair between a teacher and student at a girl's college sets the stage for cold-blooded murder. As the school is rocked by the twisted secrets unearthed by the police investigation, the killer strikes again and again. From veteran director/c & cinematographer, Massimo Dallamano comes a stylish, violent murder mystery in the grand European genre known as the 'giallo.' Based on the work of acclaimed suspense novelist Edgar Wallace and featuring a lush, haunting score by Ennio Morricone. This is a digitally re-mastered, uncut, widescreen anamorphic special edition DVD.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid And Disturbing Euro Thriller August 2, 2003
Format:DVD
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972): Enrico Rossini (Fabio Testi) is a married teacher involved in an affair with one of his students, Elizabeth (Christine Galbó). One afternoon in a park, while enjoying one of their amorous trysts, Elizabeth witnesses the murder of a young woman, a crime that her lover does not see. When the corpse of a student is found at the park, the teacher finally believes Elizabeth and decides to revisit the scene of the murder. More girls are killed and the police begin to suspect that Enrico is the murderer. In a desperate attempt to clear his name, Enrico turns detective and eventually discovers the secret of a young woman named Solange (Camille Keaton), whose shocking past is linked to both the killer's choice of victims and the gruesome manner in which he dispatches them.
This solidly plotted and engrossing murder thriller is easily among the finest giallos ever made. The conventional storyline is enlivened with genuinely surprising twists, strong characters and a shocking, unexpected ending. Slickly directed by Massimo Dallamano, and featuring striking cinematography by Aristide Massachessi (who, as Joe D'Amato, had a subsequent career as one of the most incompetent directors of all time), SOLANGE is an unusually well made and restrained Italian thriller. Excellent performances from Fabio Testi, Joachin Fuchsberger, Karin Baal and the beautiful Christine Galbo raise the movie's quality level even higher. A fine, moody Ennio Morricone score provides some necessary tension enhancement. If you've never seen a giallo before, the film is a great starting point for anyone interested in taking an initial plunge into this fascinating genre.
The Shriek Show DVD is one of this small company's finest releases yet. The widescreen (1.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller - see it. January 29, 2006
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I have seen several "giallos", and apart from those by Dario Argento, they can be on the most part, quite dull and routine police dramas. But "What Have You Done To Solange" really surprised me, in fact I would say it's the best non-Argento giallo I have ever seen. A couple taking a romantic boat ride along a river are interrupted when the young woman sees something that frightens her on the riverbank. As she is too disturbed to enjoy the boat trip any more, the afternoon ends on a sour note for the couple, only for them to find out the next day that a brutal murder was indeed commited on the riverbank. Things only get worse from then on.

What I like so much about the film is that the plot unfolds fairly and squarely before your eyes, and you get to see the clues as they appear, the same time as the investigating police do. Unlike some "giallos" where red herrings and ambiguity surround too much of the on-screen action, the clues here are uncovered logically, and you'll find that you take in each new turn of events with growing interest and try to unravel the mystery for yourself. The script and the plot twists are very clever. Very soon after the opening, you learn that the couple on the boat were in fact a married teacher and his female pupil in the midst of an illicit affair, which puts them in trouble straight away as they try and work out how to unravel the mystery without exposing their infidelity. Actually, that's just the very start of their troubles, and I won't reveal any more because I think that everybody should watch this film with as little prior knowledge as possible, and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! What The Hell Have You Done To Her? August 27, 2006
Format:DVD
There are about eight billion giallos out there, and thanks to companies like Media Blasters, we get to see great versions of ones we've seen before and ones that never were available in the U.S. before. Solange I had never seen until recently, but I'd say this is one of the better giallo films to come out among the many we've seen in the last few years. While I haven't seen a giallo I though was crappy and not worth the time, some were a little more uninteresting than others. Solange is a pretty cool murder mystery involving a killer who's modus operandi involves stabbing schoolgirls in their.....elbows. That's it, their elbows. A small band of schoolgirls all hide a secret that puts them in the killer's crosshairs, and the secret involves a girl names Solange(obviously). Italian hunkster Fabio Testi is a teacher who digs chicks in uniform....schoolgirl uniforms that is. He's the one trying to solve the case, and we all know Fabio is just the guy for this kind of thing. Why don't you check it out? I can't think of a reason for you not to, especially if you dig giallo films, heartbreaking romances or Death Wish 4: The Crackdown.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Presentation of a Solid Giallo September 10, 2002
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Format:DVD
This well-crafted 1971 giallo spends more attention on characterization and police procedure than on actual thrills but don't let that deter you. Yes, the gore is minimal but the murders are disturbing and the plot twists pile up to a conclusion that answers the title question in a gripping, beautifully filmed fashion.
The scope photography is excellent and the widescreen transfer is sharp, colorful and accurately framed. The mono audio track is a bit 'hissy' but it's more than passable for such an incredibly rare film. Extras are on the slim side with a handful of trailers and nice display of artwork and stills over Ennio Morricone's haunting theme.
If you're a fan of the film or the genre then this disc is a definite buy,
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Have You Done to Solange? You've done her up beautifully!
This is a sound transfer to disc of an exquisite giallo. It's an exciting film and filled with mystery. Haunting.
Published 22 months ago by James R Donald
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll never guess what they have done to Solange
Ennio Moricone's score alone makes WHYDTS worth a viewing, but the film is actually more interesting and more sophisticated than a majority of films of the time. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by D. D. Maingot
5.0 out of 5 stars I Won't Tell You What They Did To Solange, But It Was Horrible!
"What Have You Done To Solange?" is one of the greatest entries in the Italian Giallo genre. It has everything that a giallo should have including a suspenseful, intricately woven... Read more
Published on May 4, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Giallo
A well done 'Giallo' picture. Great casting and a disturbing plot. Great atmosphere and a shocking ending in the tradition of the great Italian horror/suspense films. Read more
Published on October 19, 2005 by Ex-Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb giallo film.
"Giallo" films (from the Italian for "yellow", referring to the yellow covers of paperback suspense novels sold in Italy) almost always center on the... Read more
Published on May 31, 2004 by lfratan@acad.udallas.edu
5.0 out of 5 stars what were we doing w/ out solange?
of all the giallos i've seen in my life, this is by far my personal favorite & i've seen it nearly five times since purchasing on 01/01/04. what way to start the new year! Read more
Published on January 7, 2004 by Brian R Yandle
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror Thriller
Strongly plotted horror thriller, with a fine cast and excellent Ennio Morricone score. The violence is more subdued than normal for a giallo but still graphic enough to be... Read more
Published on August 2, 2003 by "dhumidifier"
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality DVD - Dull Film
I hate giving a bad review to the product of very good independent DVD companies. Especially those that are giving us good quality DVDs. Read more
Published on July 23, 2003 by Stiggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Chilling
I had not seen this film and could find only a little information about it, but, as is often the case with obscure European horror films, my curiosity ultimately led and compelled... Read more
Published on August 23, 2002 by B. M. Kunz
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