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DVD Review - The Grim Reaper (1962)

The Grim Reaper (Italian: La commare secca), 1962.

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Starring Marisa Solinas, Allen Midgette, Giancarlo De Rosa and Alfredo Leggi.


When a prostitute is brutally murdered in a park near the Tiber River in Rome, the police track down all visitors to the park that night in the hope of catching the killer, with each suspect giving their own account...

Sometimes, just sometimes, films resemble books very closely. No, not The Phantom Menace novelisation. More like those taut, briskly paced thrillers that keep you turning pages well into the small hours; those madcap comedies that make you laugh so hard and so often you feel your face is about to break in half. Not so common are the short stories; the films that break up into little segments, looking long and hard into brief periods of time. Tarantino is quite fond of this structure – look at Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds.

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