Death Laid An Egg / La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968)

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Death Laid An Egg / La morte ha fatto l'uovo (1968)

Death Laid An Egg (1968)
DVDRip | AVI | 716 x 344 | XviD @ 1600 Kbps | 86 min | 1,22 Gb
Dual Audio: English and Italian - each AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: None
Genre: Thriller

Marco (Trintingnant) is married to Anna (Lollobrigida),who between them run a chicken farm. Gabriella, Anna's niece, arrives to stay with them and it is soon apparent that she is having an affair with Marco.Marco and Gabriella are apparently plotting Anna's death, but Gabriella is also having an affair with a man called Mondaini, who witnessed Marco committing a murder during the film's opening, and these two also have some nefarious plans up their sleeves! Throw into the mix a scientist who has created headless, wingless chickens which Marco hates, and numerous double crosses, triple crosses and various attempted murders and you have a film which is so confusing, dazzling and brilliantly realised that for me to reveal anything more about the films story would be a crime in itself.

Like many other European thrillers this early Italian giallo was obviously very influenced by the French film "Diabolique" with it's basic plot of a wealthy husband, wife, and mistress all scheming against each other. And like the later film "So Sweet, So Perverse" the movie throws another man (Jean Sorel)into the mix as a kind of a fourth side to the main triangle. This movie is no conventional thriller, however. For one thing it has kind of psychedelic, surrealist pop-art late 60's sensibility to it that always threatens to overwhelm (and occasionally does) the rational story-line. For another thing, it has a VERY bizarre setting, a fully-automated chicken plant. (There's a scene where the scientists at the plant create "monster" chickens without wings or beaks that really makes one want to swear off poultry for life). This unusual setting adds a whole industrial conspiracy angle and, moreover, a weird sort of social commentary to the proceedings.

The acting is all very good. Jean-Louis Tritigant plays a similar role to the one he'd later play in "So Sweet, So Perverse", but here he also might be a serial killer who is offing prostitutes in a roadside motel. Latin sex symbol Gina Lollabridga makes a rare appearance in this kind of film (which is actually much more entertaining than some of the bigger-budgeted movies she starred in)as the domineering wife. The young mistress is believably played by Ewa "Candy" Aulin, although she is not quite as enjoyable when she's not naked and not speaking in her natural (undubbed) heavy Swedish accent. (Aulin also appeared in another excellent, if even more obscure, giallo called "The Double"). The best thing about the movie though is the ending where EVERYBODY manages to get their just desserts–and then some.
Review by lazarillo, IMDB

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