La Porta sul Buio - La Bambola
episode 4 / Door into Darkness - The Doll
Salvatore Argento, Dario Argento for Seda Spettacoli/RAI
directed by Mario Foglietti
starring Maria Teresa Albani, Erika Blanc, Luciano Bonanni, Gianfranco D'Angelo, Pupo De Luca, Robert Hoffmann, Umberto Raho, Mara Vernier, Dario Argento (presenter)
music by Giorgio Gaslini
La Porta sul buio
In the beginning, presenter Dario Argento invites the audience to
piece the clues for the ensuing puzzle he is going to show us together
& guess who the killer is ... Here goes:
... before anyone is killed though, the police arrives, & they
arrest ... the girl.
||a schizophrenic psychopath escapes from an asylum,
but as it is all shot p.o.v, the audience does not know who it is.
||the police offers help to find the psychopath, but
the head of the asylum behaves mighty strange.
||a serious, even grim looking mustachioed man checks
into a hotel, apparently only to watch the girl who lives opposite
||a beatiful young woman is murdered, obviously by the
psychopath (though again the psychopath is not shown).
||the inspector on the case & the head of the
asylum have a fall-out over how to treat the psychopath.
||the manager of the hotel where Mustache stays at reports
him to the police, for no apparent reason, but the police organize
a large-scale search for him anyway
||Mustache continues following the girl, & he even
manages to pick her up & buys her a doll. Later he invites
himself into her appartment & gives her a taste of both his
love & his anger. Finally they start to fight quite violently.
It turns out mustache was the good guy all along, a psychiatrist
bound on giving the girl shock therapy - & he succeeded.
I have to admit, despite the announcement that we will be surprised
about who the killer is, the solution to the mystery became apparent not
even halfway through this tv-featurette, despite the fact that virtually
no clues are given to point in whatever direction despite the plain
obvious (man acts strange, woman acts normal), but maybe just because of
it, these clues werepointing into one direction just a bit too obviously
to really be taken at face value.
Apart from the weak plot, La Bambola is an average suspense
piece, & a rather disappointing final episode to Dario Argento's La
Porta sul Buio-series