The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) movie poster

director Mario Bava
viewed: 05/25/2014

I figure if you’re going to delve into a genre/style that you really haven’t delved into much, a good starting point is the earliest sample of the genre.  After watching Lucio Fulci’s Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), I found myself wondering why I hadn’t watched more giallo movies and really could not come up with a good answer.  So, with a modicum of research and a flurry of movie-queuing, I pulled up Mario Bava’s 1963 crime thriller The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

It’s a stylish affair, if a muddled one.  The convoluted plot is centered around a young woman in Rome on a holiday whose aunt suddenly takes ill and dies.  The young woman then goes out and gets mugged and then witnesses a murder, though a murder in which the evidence suddenly disappears.  While it’s Hitchcockian to a point, the story unravels into some decade-long serial killing thing, with twists out of left field.

Bava makes the thing look good though, actually really quite good.  A lot of shots are tres chic and very cool.

It’s probably quite a few evolutionary steps from Fulci’s 1972 film and I’m too much a newbie to the giallo film to draw any real significant conclusions.  Pretty cool if not a masterwork of cinema — that’s my two lira on the subject.

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