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La Porta sul Buio - La Bambola

episode 4 / Door into Darkness - The Doll

Italy 1973
produced by
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

tv-series
La Porta sul buio

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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:
- 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 the hotel.
- 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.
... before anyone is killed though, the police arrives, & they arrest ... the girl.

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

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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