La coda dello scorpione (Case of the Scorpion's Tail) (1971)
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The most memorable thing about fairly run-of-the-mill giallo The Case of the Scorpion's Tail is the trailer, which shamelessly compares itself to other 'masterpieces on violence' such as The Golem, Battleship Potemkin and M. The film itself is fairly conventional. Director Sergio Martino admits that he padded out the first half after the film's running time came up short, and it shows: it's not until the halfway point that the film gets much in the way of energy. The Scope location photography in London and Greece is attractive and there's some amusement to be had from the terrible model work in a plane explosion or a sunglass wearing villain called Omar who looks like a hung over Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil after being dragged through a thorn bush, but overall the film is nothing to write home about.
A sexy, well-filmed and surprisingly coherent giallo. The Case of the Scorpion's Tale is considerably above the cut in terms of writing when contrasted with most of its Italian noir brethren. The cast of characters is full and vibrant, not to mention performed with competence (if not a little bit of melodrama), and you always have a clear sense of their purpose in the story. With just the right amount of mystery to keep its viewers intrigued, but not confused, the film is balanced and paced with a refreshing deftness. I always wonder why the victims never, ever fight back in giallos. Is it because they're usually women? Sexist!
"The Case of the Scorpion's Tail" excellently delivers all the elements a great Giallo needs, mistery, gory death and suspense. The performances are good and the production values are fine. The film has some unique camera angles, but delivers the goods in terms of driving the plot and the execution of the mystery. If you're a giallo fan, this is a must see and non-genre fans can appreciate..
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