Who Saw Her Die? / Chi l'ha vista morire? (1972)

4.0 out of 5

One time 007 George Lazenby puts in a surprisingly decent performance for this career-best giallo from Aldo Lado.

A successful sculptor's life is shattered when his young daughter goes missing and is subsequently found floating in a Venice canal. As he and his estranged wife reconcile to conduct an investigation of their own, they find themselves drawn into a complicated conspiracy involving perverted aristos and corrupt high level officials – who are being systematically wiped out to cover the murderer's tracks.

With a beautifully shot Venice setting, the death of the main characters' daughter and snappy, sometimes very clever editing, obvious parallels can be made with Don't Look Now, although these similarities are essentially superficial and to suggest that Nicholas Roeg was in any way influenced by Lado's film would be foolhardy.

Although coming off poorly in comparison to Roeg's masterpiece, judged on its own merits it's a fine piece of work, with Morricone's incredible, haunting score being its greatest asset. On the negative side, anyone who has seen more than a couple of gialli will be able to make an educated guess as to the identity of the murderer and the last reel is disappointingly by-the-numbers.

A great cast includes Anita Strindberg, Deep Red's Nicoletta Elmi and rotund Thunderball and Danger: Diabolik villain Adolfo Celi.

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