Chi l'ha vista morire?

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Chi l'ha vista morire?
A painted image of a gloved hand holding a knife; a bleeding corpse is visible in the background. Beneath this are the words "Chi l'ha vista morire?" in bold orange letters, and a billing block in small lettering
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
Starring
Music by Ennio Morricone
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Country Italy

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.

Plot[edit]

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.[1][2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[3] The film's music was composed by Ennio Morricone, whose score was released separately in 1972.[4]

The film was shot on location in Venice; one of the film's chase scenes was filmed at the Molino Stucky flour mill, a run-down building which was later renovated as a Hilton hotel in 2008.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

Chi l'ha vista morire? was released in 1972. It was also distributed under the titles The Child and Who Saw Her Die?.[3]

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.[6] 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".[1] 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.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shipka 2011, p. 110.
  2. ^ a b McClain, Buzz. "Who Saw Her Die? (1972) – Aldo Lado". AllMovie. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Chi l'ha vista morire? (Colonna sonora originale) – Ennio Morricone". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Pigott 2013, p. 46.
  6. ^ Paul 2005, pp. 288–289.

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