Chi l'ha vista morire?
|Chi l'ha vista morire?|
Italian theatrical release poster
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
Chi l'ha vista morire? is a 1972 giallo film directed by Aldo Lado and Vittorio De Sisti, starring Anita Strindberg and George Lazenby. Lazenby and Strindberg play the parents of a murdered girl, who pursue her black-veiled killer throughout Venice. Chi l'ha vista morire? features music by Ennio Morricone, and has seen positive reviews for Lazenby's performance.
In a French ski resort, a young girl wanders off from her carer and is murdered by a killer in a black veil, who buries her body in the snow. Years later, another young girl, Roberta Serpieri, is found drowned in Venice after being abducted by the same killer. Her divorced parents, sculptor Franco and Elizabeth, attempt to discover what has happened to their daughter.
- George Lazenby as Franco Serpieri
- Anita Strindberg as Elizabeth Serpieri
- Adolfo Celi as Serafian
- Dominique Boschero as Ginevra Storelli
- Peter Chatel as Philip Vernon
- Piero Vida as Journalist
- Jose Quaglio as Bonaluti
- Alessandro Haber as Father James
- Nicoletta Elmi as Roberta Serpieri
- Rosemarie Lindt as Gabriella
- Giovanni Forti Rosselli as Francois Roussel
- Sandro Grinfan as Inspector De Donati
Chi l'ha vista morire? was written by Massimo D'Avack, Francesco Barilli, Aldo Lado and Rüdiger von Spiehs; it was directed by Lado and Vittorio De Sisti. The film's music was composed by Ennio Morricone, whose score was released separately in 1972.
Release and reception
Chi l'ha vista morire? was released in 1972. It was also distributed under the titles The Child and Who Saw Her Die?.
In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul has described Lazenby's performance as one the actor's best, although he regretted that some dubs of the film did not use Lazenby's voice. Danny Shipka, author of Perverse Titillation, compared the film stylistically to Nicolas Roeg's later film Don't Look Now, which shares a Venetian setting. Shipka noted that Lado avoided the explicit gore and sexual elements usually present in a giallo film, instead focussing on "an aura of uneasiness". Buzz McClain of AllMovie awarded Chi l'ha vista morire? three-and-a-half stars out of five, highlighting Lazenby's performance and Morricone's score; McClain felt that the film's plot was unnecessarily complicated, but that this was compensated for by its setting and cinematography.
- Shipka 2011, p. 110.
- McClain, Buzz. "Who Saw Her Die? (1972) – Aldo Lado". AllMovie. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- "Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- "Chi l'ha vista morire? (Colonna sonora originale) – Ennio Morricone". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- Pigott 2013, p. 46.
- Paul 2005, pp. 288–289.
- Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786487493.
- Pigott, Michael (2013). World Film Locations: Venice. Intellect Books. ISBN 1841507202.
- Shipka, Danny (2011). Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960–1980 (illustrated ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 0786448881.