Sunday, February 19, 2006

In the public eye

It's autumn in Italy, a blanket of fallen leaves has started covering the park. Two kids are playing hide-and-seek as it starts to rain. Their nurse tries to get them to stop to go home, but they won't listen to her.

"Uno, due, tre...", counts one of them.

By the time he reaches 10, we suddenly hear a girl screaming from behind the trees, then the sound of a body rolling down a small hill in the wet leaves.
We now see someone, a man, running away from the park, under the eyes of various witnesses. He's wearing a raincoat and a hat, so we can hardly see his face as he's rushing out. There, he climbs a wall to get away from the park. He's gone.
People are pointing at where they saw the murderer escape, but the police arrives just a few seconds too late to catch him.

They've just found the body of the girl. She's lying down amongst the leaves, beautiful and young. And dead.
The night has come.
The scientific police is investigating, taking samples of everything to gather evidence. These guys are professionals, they have an eye for hidden details. A TV crew is here also. They're not missing a single bit of the investigation, with their reporter commenting live in the middle of the police cars, a few meters away from the body.

Meanwhile, a teenage girl is watching the scene as broadcasted on TV and, in shock, recognises the girl who was killed: she was her best friend. She doesn't know yet that after a few days of the investigation, based on scientific proofs and the testimony of eye witnesses, her own father, a very famous TV sports presenter, will be arrested and convicted for the murder. Ruining both his life and reputation.

A crime scene scrutinized by police's scientists, an investigation extensively led in laboratories, TV cameras transmitting live the affair to the public, the trial of a media icon which we follow step by step.
Oh, the modernity of Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (The bloodstained butterfly - Duccio Tessari, 1971)!
These particularities make this film stand out of the classic giallo definition, but are incredibly predictive of the typical scenaristic approach of the 90's and 2000s' thrillers.

And so predictive of the media society that we know now, where everything, litterally everything ends up in the public eye.

More on "The bloodstained butterfly" from this blog here.


derek said...

a wonderful film, highly recommended

Clifford Brown said...

Great blog ! What a nice idea to devote a blog to these giallo's (gialli ?) we love so much !

Je sais pas si tu connais le Club des Monstres, un site de Québec consacré au cinéma de genre, mais je te recommande d'y jeter un oeil !!