Euro-Horror Project: What Have They Done to Solange?

(Massimo Dallamano, 1972) Giallo fans admire Solange for its visual strength and infamous stabbing scenes designed to make female viewers cross their legs. Yet despite the distasteful way in which victims are offed, a lack of gore helps Solange stand apart as one of the more mature gialli. With Dallamano — a one-time Leone cinematographer — in the director’s chair, things are bound, at least, to look good. There’s also Joe D’Amato (credited as Aristide Massaccesi) leading the camera’s eye with skill, and Ennio Morricone’s pleasantly bland score to pad the scenery. Story: a dapper womanizer (Fabio Testi) with a rep for exploiting the girls at the posh school that employs him, finds himself at the centre of an investigation when pupils begin turning up dead. D’Amato’s lecherous camera, standing in for the hero’s gaze, is appropriate: it obsesses over long legs dancing out from under short skirts, lending a vulnerable concentration to the female anatomy, which in turn serves as a major signifier in the plot and reflects the killer’s own focus. Watch for a timorous Camille Keaton, who went on to star in one of the most maligned movies ever made, I Spit on Your Grave.  — Ranylt Richildis

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