Short Night of Glass Dolls

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Short Night of Glass Dolls
La corta notte delle bambole di vetro poster.jpg
Directed by Aldo Lado
Produced by
  • Enzo Doria
  • Luciano Volpato
Written by
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Giuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited by
Release date
  • October 28, 1971 (1971-10-28)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Italy
  • West Germany
Language Italian

Short Night of Glass Dolls is an Italian giallo film. It is the directorial debut of Aldo Lado and stars Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel and Barbara Bach. It was first released as La Corta notte delle bambole di vetro in Italy.


The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) 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) 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?



Alison Nastasi of Shock Till You Drop called it "nail-biting" and wrote, "Lado is at his best when Short Night of Glass Dolls confronts political and social unrest with nuanced symbolism."[1] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club wrote, "Short Night presages Eyes Wide Shut in its account of a man wandering through a shadow city while uncovering layers of sleaze, and the film's simple social metaphor, imaginative setpieces, and unsettling finale make it a prime example of diverting suspense."[2] Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide rated it 3/5 stars and called the ending "a genuine shocker".[3] Allmovie praised the film's use of tension as opposed to the gore and violence common to the subgenre.[4] Mike Long of DVD Talk called it "incredibly boring and poorly paced".[5]

DVD releases[edit]

The film was released on DVD by Blue Underground on February 26, 2008.[6]


  1. ^ Nastasi, Alison (30 March 2015). "The Beyond: Aldo Lado's Short Night of Glass Dolls". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ Murray, Noel (19 August 2002). "The Giallo Collection: The Bloodstained Shadow, Short Night Of Glass Dolls, The Case Of The Bloody Iris & Who Saw Her Die?". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ McDonagh, Maitland. "Short Night Of Glass Dolls". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  4. ^ Buzz McClain. "The Short Night of the Glass Dolls (1971)". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  5. ^ Long, Mike (25 June 2002). "The Giallo Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Blue Underground". Retrieved 1 September 2011.

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