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Death Laid an Egg

Review by: 
Monkeyman
AKA: 
La Morte ha fatto l'uovo
Release Date: 
1976
Studio: 
AVC
Genre: 
Giallo
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
N/A
Aspect Ratio: 
1.33:1
Directed by: 
Giulio Questi
Cast: 
Gina Lollobrigida
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Ewa Aulin
Jean Sobieski
Movie: 
5
Extras: 
0
Bottom Line: 
5

 Death Laid an Egg is the closest thing to an art film you'll find amongst any of the films reviewed on this site with my signature on it,but as it is not only one of the best giallos I've yet to see, it is in fact one of my all time favourite films so it warrants its inclusion here.
 
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.
 
Suffice to say, if you can track this film down (your best bet for the moment is the full screen Greek release on the AVC label) you will be rewarded with one of the most maddening, satisfying crazy movies you are ever likely to lay your eyes on.
 
A word on Bruno Maderna's musical score; it's so annoying, yet somehow seems to fit the mood of the film perfectly, with its wild cacophony of bangs, clanks and whistles setting your teeth on edge at times!
 
The acting from Trintignant and Lollobridgida is first rate, and the characters all display unusual depth for this type of film, with Questi the director also having a hand in the writing of both story and screenplay (with Franco Arcalli), so the lion's share of the credit for this marvelous film must rest with him.

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