Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why? / Terza ipotesi su un caso di perfetta strategia criminale (1972)

3.5 out of 5

"Nino" Lou Castell is a glamour photographer at the beach on a shoot when he witnesses a murder that is being constructed to look like an automobile accident. He records the incident, the murder of a prosecutor, and realizes that what he has in his hands is explosive and potentially very lucrative. Initially approaching the Mafia Castell then decides he will hawk his wares to whichever newspaper will buy. Little does he know that as a witness to an incident it may well be the possession of the pictures that is keeping him alive.

Although Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why? looks very much like a Eurocrime it becomes abundantly clear that, as the film progresses, the viewer is being drawn into a giallo type mystery complete with knife wielding, gloved and fedora wearing assailant.

Directed by Giuseppe Vari Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why? keeps away from more formulaic stalk and slash type fare and instead places any deaths within the context of a political corruption intrigue that may well appeal to those who enjoy the work of Damiano Damiani. Indeed, while fans of the more fantastical and horror type gialli may be a little out of their comfort zone with the feature, it will no doubt appeal to fans of Eurocrime and European political thrillers.

Adolfo Celi appears as a police inspector.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics