House with Laughing Windows

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Though fans of typical Italian horror films may find House With the Windows That Laugh lacking in the stylistic excesses of many of its contemporary companion pieces, it exceeds its contemporaries in almost every other area. Imbued with an overwhelming sense of dread that grows to an almost unbearable pitch, director Pupi Avati sets the deliberate pace of the film in contrast with the sense of solemn oppression that never ceases from the first to the last frame of the film. As the painter hired to restore a ...
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Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano March 11, 2003 DVD Run time: 110 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1976. Language: Italian. Brand New. Factory Sealed. ... Out of Print! Read more Show Less

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Though fans of typical Italian horror films may find House With the Windows That Laugh lacking in the stylistic excesses of many of its contemporary companion pieces, it exceeds its contemporaries in almost every other area. Imbued with an overwhelming sense of dread that grows to an almost unbearable pitch, director Pupi Avati sets the deliberate pace of the film in contrast with the sense of solemn oppression that never ceases from the first to the last frame of the film. As the painter hired to restore a fresco in the church of a small Italian town learns more of the sordid legacy of its original artist, the calm pacing of the film reveals each twisted secret at impeccably timed intervals, never revealing details too soon, and often leaving the viewer hanging just long enough to build the appropriate anticipation needed for each revelation to have an acute and horrifying impact. Characters seem to be literally swallowed in the sea of darkness surrounding the mythology of the deranged painter of the original fresco and his mysterious sisters. With the soul of the main character at stake as he begins to feel possessed by the same disturbing compulsions that propelled the original artist into madness, the question as to if he will solve the mystery in time, or become another sacrifice in the black legacy, is a testament to Avati's masterful ability to manipulate the expectations and emotions of his audience, only to shatter whatever preconceptions they may have in the film's shocking climax.
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Special Features

Retrospective documentary; Theatrical trailer; Lobby card gallery; Filmographies
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • UPC: 014381331929
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lino Capolicchio
Francesca Marciano Francesca
Gianni Cavina
Giulio Pizzirani
Technical Credits
Pupi Avati Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [2:40]
2. St. Sebastian [7:30]
3. A Tale to Tell [8:10]
4. The Painter of Agony [8:10]
5. Moving In [6:49]
6. Strange Voice [7:18]
7. Francesca [5:22]
8. Romantic Dinner [7:32]
9. Painting Death [8:09]
10. Legnani's Sisters [7:46]
11. Presumed Not Confirmed [6:27]
12. Bone Digging [6:08]
13. Grinning Panes [2:52]
14. Mind Games [6:39]
15. A Familiar Voice [3:43]
16. Comes to Life [4:04]
17. Vicious Cycle [5:06]
18. End Credits [1:27]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Feature
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Vinticinque Anni di Culto (Restoration Featurette): English Subtitles On
      Vinticinque Anni di Culto (Restoration Featurette): English Subtitles Off
      La Casa Dalle Finestre Che Ridono (Trailer)
      Lobby Card Gallery
      Filmographies
         Pupi Avati (Director)
         Lino Capolicchio (Stefano)
   Audio Selection
      Mono
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      DTS 5.1
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles On
      English Subtitles Off
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