Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
aka 4 mosche di velluto grigio
Genre: Crime | Mystery | Thriller | Giallo
Country: Italy | France | Director: Dario Argento
Language: English or Italian (2 separate audio tracks)
ubtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 103mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×546 – 23.976fps – 4.07gb

Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but he understands his troubles have just begun when the following day he receives an envelope with photos of him killing the man. Someone is killing all his friends and trying to frame him for the murders…

Writer/director Dario Argento brings his trademark fluid and hypnotic style to this engrossing giallo murder mystery thriller while maintaining a steady pace and tense atmosphere throughout. Of course, Argento stages the murder set pieces with his usual twisted gusto, with a climactic juicy decapitation rating as the definite grisly highlight. Moreover, Argento brings a welcome and amusing sense of offbeat humor to the picture: there’s a striking perspective shot from inside a guitar, one person keeps receiving unwanted Swedish pornography in the mail, and Roberto beats up a hapless mailman he mistakes for the maniac. Mimsy Farmer delivers a strong performance as Roberto’s frosty wife Nina; her intense and forceful pull out all the stops acting at the film’s conclusion is especially impressive. Brandon as Roberto makes for a decidedly flawed and less than sympathetic protagonist.

Popping up in colorful supporting parts are the ever-amusing Bud Spencer as Roberto’s grumpy friend Godfrey (who Roberto refers to as “God”), Jean-Pierre Marielle as jolly openly gay private investigator Gianni Arrosio, and Oreste Lionello as flaky oddball the Professor. The killer’s true identity is genuinely startling — and strangely poignant. Franco Di Giacomo’s sumptuous widescreen cinematography boasts a lot of wild camera angles while Ennio Morricone supplies a nicely spooky’n’shivery score. Well worth seeing for Argento fans.


Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)