La morte risale a ieri sera

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La morte risale a ieri sera
La morte risale a ieri sera.jpg
Directed by Duccio Tessari
Produced by Giuseppe Tortorella[1]
Written by Biagio Proietti
Based on I milanesi ammazzano al sabato
by Giorgio Scerbanenco
Music by Gianni Ferrio
Cinematography Lamberto Caimi
Edited by Mario Morra
Release date
  • September 5, 1970 (1970-09-05) (Italy)
Running time
Country Italy
Language Italian

La morte risale a ieri sera (Death Occurred Last Night) is a 1970 giallo film directed by Duccio Tessari. Written by Biagio Proietti, the film is based on the novel I milanesi ammazzano al sabato (The Milanese Kill on Saturday) by Giorgio Scerbanenco.

La morte risale a ieri sera stars Raf Vallone and Frank Wolff. The film's score was composed by Gianni Ferrio, whose baroque and psychedelic contributions to the soundtrack were described by one critic as inconsistent with the tone of the film.


Following the disappearance of his beautiful but mentally handicapped daughter, Avanzio Berzaghi (Raf Vallone) travels to Milan to track her down. Local detective Duca Lamberti (Frank Wolff) investigates the city's pimps and prostitutes for clues, eventually finding the girl's burnt body in a field. Apparently the pimps disposed of the young girl when they heard investigators were looking for her. Berzaghi vows to find the girl's murderer, eventually tracking down his quarry from a clue related to the girl's teddy bear. Berzaghi exacts his revenge, but finds no satisfaction from having done so.



La morte risale a ieri sera was written by Biagio Proietti, the film is based on Giorgio Scerbanenco's novel I milanesi ammazzano al sabato (The Milanese Kill on Saturday).[2] The film's soundtrack was composed by Gianni Ferrio, who had worked with director Duccio Tessari on several other films, including his 1971 giallo Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate[3] and the 1969 spaghetti western Vivi o, preferibilmente, morti.[4] Ferrio's score spans several musical styles, incorporating psychedelic rock, baroque pop and jazz.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

La morte risale a ieri sera was released in Italy on September 5, 1970.[2] The film has also been distributed internationally under the titles Death Occurred Last Night, Death Took Place Last Night and Horror Came out of the Fog.[1][6]

Writing for AllRovi, Robert Firsching rated La morte risale a ieri sera two-and-a-half stars out of five. Firsching felt that the film's plot featured "a great deal more humanity than is typical for the genre" of giallo, finding that Tessari's focus on characterisation over plot was its key strength. However, he responded negatively to Ferrio's score, considering its "bouncy" tone to be inconsistent with the film.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 34
  2. ^ a b c d Firsching, Robert. "La Morte Risale A Ieri Sera – Cast, Reviews, Summary and Awards". AllMovie. AllRovi. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chiti, Poppi & Pecorari 1991, p. 293.
  4. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Vivi... o Preferibilmente Morti (1969) – Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. AllRovi. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Spencer 2008, pp. 260–261.
  6. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | La morte risale a ieri sera (1970)". British Film Institute. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 


  • Chiti, Roberto; Poppi, Roberto; Pecorari, Mario (1991). Dizionario del cinema italiano: Dal 1970 al 1979. Gremese Editore. ISBN 8876059350. 
  • Spencer, Kristopher (2008). Film And Television Scores 1950-1979: A Critical Survey by Genre. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786436824. 

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