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The Dead Are Alive (1972) Armando Crispino

The Dead Are Alive (1972)
aka L'etrusco uccide ancora
Genre: Giallo | Horror
Country: Italy | West Germany | Yugoslavia | Director: Armando Crispino
Language: English or Italian (2 separate audio tracks) | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 101mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 1024x440 - 25fps - 1.27gb

A photographer on an archaeological expedition digging up Etruscan ruins in Italy begins to suspect that not all the Etruscans buried there are actually dead. 

Armando Crispino's clever and classy entry from the Golden Age of the Giallo (1968-75) has nearly all the conventions one expects from the genre: an innocent (?) American abroad somehow connected to a string of violent crimes, ineffectual police detectives, quirky suspects, nubile victims, red herrings, brutal bludgeonings, suicides, and an insane killer that may come as a surprise. There's also a shoe fetish, a homosexual, a bottle of J&B Whiskey, a wild car chase, and Riz Ortolani's score to hold viewer interest. One of my favorite gialli plot devices is used here to good effect: the protagonist had a clue to the killer's identity all along if only he had interpreted a certain event correctly. All that's missing are the ever-present black gloves -but you won't miss them. This colorful, well-made thriller, based on a short story by Bryan Edgar Wallace, was released in the U.S. as THE DEAD ARE ALIVE.
 The Dead Are Alive (1972)

 

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