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us title: What Have You Done to Solange?
italian title: Cosa avete fatto a Solange?
year: 1972
director: Massimo Dallamano
composer: Ennio Morricone
full details: IMDB
overall score: 91

Bottom Line: Must-See
A quintessential example of the genre.

WARNING: Spoilers Below

score analysis

There's a lot that can be said about Solange. While murder is never a light-hearted subject, many Gialli exploit the absurd aspects of the genre to prevent their storylines from becoming too cerebral. Solange is not one of those Gialli. Instead, Massimo Dallamano delivers a film with complex characters and a storyline that is controversial even by today's standards.

In addition to the well-paced and intricate whodunit narrative, Solange showcases a compelling relationship arc between Enrico and Herta Rosseni as well as startlingly somber subtext of innocence lost and the rejection of Catholic moral values.

As far as the score is concerned, Solange performed well there too. But the film is 9 points short of a perfect score due to the following:

  • The film takes place in London, which no doubt contributes to its unique look, but doesn't garner any points on the score.

  • The killer acts alone. Although one point of view would be to identify Solange herself as an accomplice, but that's a bit far reaching. She's not really in her right mind, and eventually leads Herta Rosseni to the crime scene.

  • The wrong man is never apprehended long enough for the killer strike again while everyone's guard is down. Enrico is arrested for the death of Elizabeth, but the police never really declare that the murderer has been captured.

These 9 points really don't matter beyond the scope of the Giallo Score experiment. Solange easily ranks in the top 5 of the best Gialli of all time and could easily be remade into a mainstream blockbuster. I sure hope that never happens.

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score breakdown

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Staples : 60/60
Italian Director10 points
Hidden Identity10 points
Black Gloves5 points
Amateur Detective5 points
Classic Period (1970 - 1975)5 points
Motivation: Psychological Trauma/Revenge10 points
Avoid Capture: Acciental Death/Suicide10 points
Director > 15 points
Standards : 21/30
Body Count >= 34 points
Flashback Revelation3 points
Morricone/Nicolai/Ortolani3 points
Nude Scene >= 13 points
Suspects >= 34 points
Urban Location4 points
Signatures : 12/10
Attend Funeral1 point
Bathtub Murder1 point
Comic Relief Character1 point
Dolls/Dummies1 point
Foreigner1 point
J&B1 point
Odd Clue1 point
Photography/Glamor/Modeling/Art1 point
Priest1 point
Prove Innocence1 point
Taunting1 point
Visual Misinterpretation1 point
Total Points : 91/100



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Published: 2012-09-13