director Mario Bava
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.