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Short Night Of Glass Dolls

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A man is found one morning in the bushes of a city plaza in Prague. He is taken to a hospital where the doctors confirm that, although his eyes are wide open, he is dead. There is no heartbeat or sign of life, except, strangely enough, his body temperature is normal. No matter, he's certified as dead and sent into cold storage to wait for an autopsy. "I'm alive," the man thinks, "can't you see I'm alive?" The man, Gregory Jean Sorel, isn't dead but he's paralyzed and helpless to alert his condition to anyone. As ...
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Overview

A man is found one morning in the bushes of a city plaza in Prague. He is taken to a hospital where the doctors confirm that, although his eyes are wide open, he is dead. There is no heartbeat or sign of life, except, strangely enough, his body temperature is normal. No matter, he's certified as dead and sent into cold storage to wait for an autopsy. "I'm alive," the man thinks, "can't you see I'm alive?" The man, Gregory Jean Sorel, isn't dead but he's paralyzed and helpless to alert his condition to anyone. As the doctors prepare for the autopsy, Gregory thinks back to yesterday, when he was making plans to help his girlfriend Barbara Bach get out of the country. Gregory begins piecing together the mystery of what happened to him in fractured bits of memory -- but will solving the puzzle do him any good? ~ Buzz McClain
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Special Features

Strange Days of the Short Night - interview with writer/director Aldo Lado; Theatrical trailer; Aldo Lado filmography
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Editorial Reviews

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The horror elements in Aldo Lado's giallo murder mystery are fiercely strong, not from an onscreen onslaught of blood and guts, but from the tension of the situations Gregory and those around him find themselves in. People around Gregory wind up dead at the hands of unseen killers who are offing them for unknown reasons, until the final sequence when the abstract elements of the film become whole. It's a clever cinematic exercise that resists monotony, save for one interlude where a lame pop song is sung (it was a device popular at the time). Jean Sorel does a masterful job of not moving and mannequin-like Barbara Bach nearly matches him for vapid facial expressions -- but he's supposed to be dead and she's supposed to be alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • UPC: 827058113595
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,717

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Adorf
Jean Sorel Gregory Moore
Ingrid Thulin
Barbara Bach
Fabijan Sovagovic
Jose Quaglio
Relja Basic
Piero Vida
Daniele Dublino
Technical Credits
Aldo Lado Director, Screenwriter
Enzo Doria Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Giuseppe Ruzzolini Cinematographer
Luciano Volpato Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Short Night of Glass Dolls
1. Program Start/Dead Man's Shoes [2:35]
2. Main Titles [2:10]
3. "I'm Alive" [4:38]
4. Flashes of Memory [2:56]
5. Mira [3:34]
6. Butteflies Under Glass [4:02]
7. High Society [5:14]
8. Hot Tip [4:16]
9. Where is Mira? [5:08]
10. Broken Doll [5:18]
11. Confrontation [3:01]
12. Following a Lead [4:49]
13. Photos on the Wall [4:25]
14. Murder at the Station [5:06]
15. Emergency Transfusion [4:06]
16. Dead Lilies [3:06]
17. Under Surveillance [4:25]
18. Deserting the Dead [2:12]
19. Midnight Passion [3:34]
20. Third Degree [4:55]
21. Delirious [4:31]
22. Case Closed [1:47]
23. Acts of Perversion [5:39]
24. Autopsy [3:34]
25. End Credits [1:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Short Night of Glass Dolls
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Strange Days of the Short Night (11 Mins)
      Trailer
      Aldo Lado Filmography
   Play
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