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Four Flies on Grey Velvet Explores the 'Why' in Murder

Four Flies on Grey Velvet Explores the 'Why' in Murder

Four Flies on Grey Velvet, the third and best film in horror maestro Dario Argento's thematically united "Animal Trilogy," stands apart from other lurid "gialli" murder mysteries in that it's not a whodunit, but a why-happened-it. In the second scene, prog-rock drummer Roberto (Michael Brandon) accidentally kills Carlo (character actor Calisto Calisti), a mustachioed, trench-coat-clad stranger. Roberto then seeks answers from a masked blackmailer who witnessed, photographed, and maybe even orchestrated Roberto's crime. Roberto, tellingly, doesn't look for proof of his innocence, but rather context for his actions. Four Flies is stylistically characteristic of the gialli screening alongside it at "The Killer Must Kill Again," Anthology Film Archives' secon...

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