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Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio

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After wrapping up a recording session with his garage band, drummer Roberto Michael Brandon follows and confronts a mysterious stranger who has been stalking him to an abandoned theater where Roberto impulsively stabs him. A grinning puppet-like figure takes photos of the attack from a mezzanine box, which arrive in an envelope at Roberto's home the following day. It appears that he is being blackmailed, but it's not clear from whom or why. Suspects include a club-footed neighbor and various friends. After ...
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Overview

After wrapping up a recording session with his garage band, drummer Roberto Michael Brandon follows and confronts a mysterious stranger who has been stalking him to an abandoned theater where Roberto impulsively stabs him. A grinning puppet-like figure takes photos of the attack from a mezzanine box, which arrive in an envelope at Roberto's home the following day. It appears that he is being blackmailed, but it's not clear from whom or why. Suspects include a club-footed neighbor and various friends. After Roberto confesses to the stabbing, his housekeeper discovers the killer's identity, is murdered, and an increasingly paranoid Roberto sends his wife, Nina Mimsy Farmer, out of town. He eventually tracks down the man he stabbed with the help of a flamboyant detective Jean-Pierre Marielle and colorful transient friend Godrey Bud Spencer, but both the man and the detective are killed. Roberto's cousin Dalia Francine Racette visits and, against their better judgment, they begin a passionate love affair. Elsewhere, the police use a special camera that can capture the final image a murder victim sees off their eyeball; this technique is used to track down the real killer. ~ Michael Buening
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Special Features

Italian trailer; US teaser and original trailers; English opening and closing credits; Extensive poster and photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

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The third directorial effort by famed Italian splatter maestro Dario Argento, created during the middle of his giallo pulp thriller phase, Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio is an unfortunately overlooked and hard-to-find choice nugget in his oeuvre and the final film of his so-called "Animal Trilogy." The bravura opening-credits sequence, tuned to the music of Roberto's band composed by Ennio Morricone spliced with beating heart-shock cuts, establishes Argento's signature Hitchcock-meets-garishly-psychedelic style and sets up Roberto's stalked-by-a-stranger backstory. Its final shot, of a fly getting crushed by cymbals, suggests the tongue-in-cheek cant to the murder mystery that follows. Though the film is stocked with several incredibly effective suspense sequences, the inclusion of a pun-prone gay detective and the inchoate ramblings of Roberto's hobo friend God lead one to believe Argento did not take this film too seriously, so it is less stylistically oppressive than later productions. The storyline is burdened by the sort of Freudian hogwash and scientific make-believe used to propel lesser thrillers, but it's nonetheless relatively easy to follow and so grippingly laid out it's hard to get bogged down in specifics and prevents the film from slipping into camp. Franco di Giacomo's endless evocative photography is topped off by a hilariously grotesque ending.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • UPC: 812592010103
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Mya Communication
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,171

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bud Spencer Godfrey
Michael Brandon Robert Tobias
Calisto Calisti Carlo Marosi
Tom Felleghy
Jean-Pierre Marielle Arrosio
Fulvio Mingozzi
Fabrizio Moroni Mirko
Francine Racette Dalia
Stefano Oppedisano
Mimsy Farmer Nina
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Screenwriter
Nick Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Salvatore Argento Producer
Fran├žoise Bonnot Editor
Luigi Cozzi Original Story
Franco di Giacomo Cinematographer
Giuliano Laurenti Makeup
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Roberto Pariante Asst. Director
Enrico Sabbatini Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four Flies on Grey Velvet
1. Chapter 1 [7:13]
2. Chapter 2 [9:54]
3. Chapter 3 [8:44]
4. Chapter 4 [7:52]
5. Chapter 5 [8:39]
6. Chapter 6 [8:37]
7. Chapter 7 [8:15]
8. Chapter 8 [8:38]
9. Chapter 9 [9:06]
10. Chapter 10 [8:19]
11. Chapter 11 [7:56]
12. Chapter 12 [9:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Four Flies on Grey Velvet
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   Chapter Selection
   Languages
      English
      Italian
   Extra Features
      Original Italian Trailer
      US Teaser Trailer
      US Original Trailer
      English Opening and Closing Credits
      Poster and Photo Gallery
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