Without Trace (1975)
aka Calling All Police Cars
aka Maniac Responsible
aka …a tutte le auto della polizia
Genre: Giallo | Poliziottesco | Crime | Horror | Thriller
Country: Italy | Director: Mario Caiano
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English & Italian
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Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 99mn
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At the core of Without Trace is a story about a young girl who is the daughter a prominent doctor. When the girl goes missing her father gets the police to jump into action because of his class status / wealth. Early on this provides one in the story this provides one of the many intricate back stories. There is a loose cannon detective who takes offense to the fact that the police bend over backwards when someone of wealth is involved and drag their feet when it is someone from a poverty background. Things quickly change when the young girls body is discovered and this detective become more sympathetic towards her.
This extremely rare and hardly known film is an interesting mix of a classic crime story and a typical giallo. In the first half of the film, there is only one murder to be solved, but as soon as the police comes closer to the truth, people are killed in usual giallo style, during thrilling and atmospheric intense scenes. This mixture may seem odd (one may ask why the film wasn’t made in giallo style right from the beginning), but it works quite well and keeps the tension up until the end. The murder scenes are nasty, and the identity of the killer really a big surprise. The movie has also its tragic moments, but never becomes exaggeratedly melodramatic.