Setting: Austria and Spain.
Black gloves? - yes.
Murders and tits at even intervals? - yes.
A disco dancing scene? - No, but there is a party scene.
Bizarre flashbacks? - Yes.
Police procedural routine padding? - Yes, some.
It was without much hope that I put on this Martino giallo.
I'd had the DVD for a while and thought it was time to give it a shot.
After 5-10 minutes I was hooked.
LO STRANO VIZIO DELLA SIGNORA WARDH exibits tremendous level of technical craftsmanship.You get plenty of shots of breathtaking fluidity as well as some original lighting effects.
Bruno Corazzari (THE BLACK CAT) has a great little part in the film.
He enters the story unexpectedly and has a brief but intense episode with one of the victims.
Ivan Rassimov. What a photogenic man! His first apperance in a surreal and violent flashback sequence is memorable and his powerful presence is really felt throughout the film.
If I had to criticize some aspect of LO STRANO VIZIO DELLA SIGNORA WARDH, I would focus on the the murders. Poorly executed. Some unconvincing slashings, some red blood sprayed. No wounds. Jess Franco-style almost.
Another problem is the trademark Martino lightness. The film doesn't try to grab you whole. There are self-conscious silly moments, but thankfully, not too many. The impact of suspence scenes is lessened a little but that's Martino for you. Only Dario ever took his black-gloved heroes totally seriously, I guess.
Now I am not a fan of Edwige Fenech, George Hilton or Sergio Martino. So when I say that LO STRANO VIZIO DELLA SIGNORA WARDH is a damn fine giallo, I mean it.
Superior to TORSO in every respect.