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Dario Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet

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Roberto (Michael Brandon) is a young handsome drummer playing in a rock band. For the last week he has been stalked by a mysterious guy with dark sunglasses. Roberto decides to put an end to this and follows his stalker in a deserted theatre. He confronts

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  • Actors: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Tom Felleghy, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Fulvio Mingozzi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Mya Communication/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LIK8DO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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First, a word of caution - if you haven't already seen the film you'd do well to avoid Amazon's image gallery as it pretty much gives the game away.

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.
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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 director.............?). I couldn't even summon a cursory amount of sympathy for his plight. The plot concerns a self-absorbed musician (Michael Brandon as Roberto Tobias) who is stalked by a mysterious man careful to stare at him from a safe distance. (The imagery reminded me of Rene Magritte's paintings of a man in a suit wearing a bowler hat.) Fed up, Roberto follows this stalker and `accidentally' kills him, gaining the interest of a mask-wearing photographer clever enough to be at the scene of the crime at just the right moment. Before you can scream setup, someone tries to blackmail him. At this point, I was beginning to wish Argento had hired one of the other actors considered for this pivotal role (Terence Stamp or Michael York). Brandon's great reluctance to show any expression was frustrating and puzzling. His wife Nina Tobias (Mimsy Farmer) was equally uninvolved. At one point, I forgot she was even in this movie. In fact, few of the characters/actors manifested any great presence on screen. This curious state of detachment hovered throughout, making the final revelation scene grandiloquent and overblown in comparison. It was a bit late to be injecting some emotion into the story. Equally odd, Argento also included a lot of humor (like the running gag with the mailman).
As always, Argento's greatest strength is with imagery (a well considered use of color and spatial design, not to mention his love of POV shots).

I liked it enough to keep it in my collection for future viewing.
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Dario Argento made many classic mystery horror movies in his career. He managed to be make successful movies that were well recieved around the world. this was his third film, the first two 'the bird with the crystal plumage' and this was followed by 'cat o nine tails' , both are available in very good blu rays in the u.s. This one, his third movie , is only available from the uk in this all region blu ray. It will play on your player here without a problem. I went to amazon.comuk to get a cheaper price on this item though. This one has been restored and looks fantastic, it looks like a brand new ptint, as if you were sitting in the theater back in 1972!. Shameless remastered this and removed print damage, they also found some lost elements and put them back in. those elements are from vhs quality film and they are rare. But you have the option to watch the film without the added footage. (which is not alot of footage actually!). This is how I wish all old movies were treated on blu ray! This is restored and has not looked this good for a long time. IN fact it was thought to be a lost movie , with only bad prints available. They found the print though and restored it and it looks great. The movie itself is a sandard giallo about a killer who is hunting down people , and a hero who must defeat the evil one. Giallos are movies that follow that type of formula. They are usually bloody and at the time they were pushing the level in violence onscreen hugely. Giallos had their peak from 1968-79. with few made after that , whereas in that period hundreds were made! the blu ray looks fantastic here, like all restored movies from that era. There are several extras on here as well. A first class effort from shameless.Read more ›
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