Five Dolls for an August Moon / 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (1970)

3.0 out of 5

If Hitchcock had made a whodunit in the swingin' sixties that featured a lot of pretty Italian people and a groovy soundtrack and put an emphasis on style over substance, the result probably would have been identical to Mario Bava's 5 Dolls For An August Moon. As visually-impressive as the movie is, which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Bava, the story is a bit lackluster and disjointed. The movie bounces back and forth between characters so much that there's never really a clear answer as to who we as an audience are supposed to get behind or invest in. Fortunately there are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep things interesting, at the very least. Whether they're good or well-executed twists or not is another story. Despite the somewhat sloppy structure of the film, it's still very watchable for its assortment of eye candy and exceptional cinematography.

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