Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Plot of Fear (1976, Paolo Cavara)

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Released last May from Raro Video is Paolo Cavara’s Italian Giallo thriller Plot of Fear. Starring the wonderful Corinne Clery (Moonraker, Hitch-Hike, The Story of O) and appearances by Tom Skerritt and Eli Wallach, this film caught my eye when I first read that it was getting its first U.S. DVD release. Raro always releases intriguing films so I had to give this one a shot.

Corinne Clery plays Jeanne, a model who becomes romantically involved with Police Inspector Lomenzo (Michele Placido) after she is questioned about a series of murders that she may be the next target for. As the murders continue, Lomenzo struggles to solve the crimes committed by a killer who leaves a cut out of a children’s story book with each corpse. The story is brought to its startling conclusion through a series of flashbacks from each of the characters.

On the surface, Plot of Fear sounds like your average Giallo film. There is nothing wrong with that, since I love Giallo films. But there is so much more to it as the film progresses. As the story unfolds all the way to the end, the intricacies start to develop and eventually leaves the watcher stunned by what is going on. The film is a well made treat with a great cast, some well executed death scenes and a brilliant story that gets better with each scene. Clery and Placido make a great pair and the appearances of Skerritt, Wallach and another favorite of mine John Steiner just add to the film. Raro’s DVD is a perfect companion to their already stellar library, with a nice looking print, interviews, English and Italian (with English subtitles) language options as well as an informative PDF booklet (accessed when you put the disc in your computer).

RATING: 8/10

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