Short Night of the Glass Dolls

I’ve been wanting to watch this film for years and finally I got round to it. I know it’s been available on DVD for ages, but in the days when I did the majority of my Giallo watching, you had to track films like this down from car boot sales and market stalls in bootleg version. This particular film became something of a holy grail to me, as I had seen Director Aldo Lado’s Who Saw Her Die? and Late Night Trains , but this one never seemed to show up.

Was it worth it? The short answer is yes, although I was slightly disappointed it didn’t have the same style as Who Saw Her Die? To be fair, that film did nick it’s locations from Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, although that’s no guarantee of stylistic value, just look at Mario Landi’s Giallo a Venezia. Yuck!

As a Giallo, this is one of the more unusual ones with a story told in flashback from the point of view of a catatonic victim who has already been pronounced dead. In terms of body count and graphic murders, this one is almost in family viewing territory. However, there’s a pretty hard hitting finalé that is pretty disturbing, but also sets it apart from the competition.

The cast is made up of Giallo regulars with the addition of Bond girl and wife of Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, and the performances are generally good for a film of this type. The added bonus with this film, however, is the gorgeous Ennio Morricone soundtrack. Not up to the operatic standards of Once Upon a Time in the West, but still packed with some great tunes.
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