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Too Beautiful to Die

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Too Beautiful to Die
Directed byDario Piana
Produced byAchille Manzotti
Screenplay bySergio Donati, Claudio Mancini, Achille Manzotti, and Dario Pinia
Story byRoberto Gianviti
Lucio Fulci
StarringFrancoise-Eric Gendron
Florence Guérin
Randi Ingerman
Giovanni Tamberi
Nora Ariffin
Music byRoberto Cacciapaglia
CinematographyAlan Jones
Release date
25 November 1988
Running time
95 minutes
CountryItaly
LanguageEnglish

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Too Beautiful to Die (Italian: Sotto il vestito niente II),[1] is a 1988 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Piana. The film stars Francoise-Eric Gendron, Florence Guérin, Randi Ingerman, Giovanni Tamberi, and Nora Ariffin, and is about a group of fashion models being murdered on the set of a music video shoot.

Plot[edit]

Silvia is an attractive model on a video shoot. An old rich lech sees her and demands that Alex procure her. She resists Alex's proposal, but is invited to a party and attends. There, the other models assist the old lech in raping her. She escapes, and steals Alex's car and drives off. Later, the police find her dead and burned inside the car with a small caliber bullet hole through her skull.

Music video director David asks for Silvia, but is told she is unavailable. Later the police reveal she is dead, and David spies on Alex arguing with the other models. One by one, Alex and the models present at Silvia's rape are murdered, sometimes by a prop dagger stolen from the music video shoot. Silvia's sister turns up as one of the new models, and she is immediately suspected, but in the twist ending it is revealed that David murdered Silvia because he was grooming her for stardom and saw that she would never be the same after her rape, then one by one murdered those he felt were responsible for "ruining his creation."

Cast[edit]

  • Francoise-Eric Gendron: David
  • Florence Guérin: Melanie Roberts
  • Randi Ingerman: Lauren
  • Giovanni Tamberi: Alex Conti
  • Nora Ariffin: Leslie
  • Helen Jesus: Michelle
  • Gioia Scola: Sylia

Release[edit]

Too Beautiful to Die does not appear to have been released in North America, although Amazon has a Japanese blu ray for sale.

Reception[edit]

Troy Howarth in his catalog of Giallo films describes Too Beautiful to Die as typical of the overly produced gialli films of the 1980s: "The film has the over-slick, atmosphere-killing aesthetic that dogs so many gialli of the period. It looks more like a slick fashion shoot than a thriller."[2]

Podcast "Hysteria Lives" website describes the film as inferior to its nominal predecessor, but as also delivering by the end: "Vanzina had the good sense to use the modelling scenes to compliment and drive the narrative in NOTHING UNDERNEATH and not grind everything to halt whilst they play out, as happens here. However, when you might be ready to question whether this is a giallo at all, the film shifts gears into slasher/thriller mode - with Piana succeeding with a handful of well-constructed, exciting suspense set pieces and chase scenes."[3]

References[edit]

  1. "Sotto il vestito niente II", IMDB, retrieved July 7, 2021
  2. Howarth,Troy (2015). "So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, Volume 2 1974-2013". Midnight Marquee Press. Page 146
  3. Kerswell, JA. "Too Beautiful to Die". Hysteria Lives. Retrieved June 27, 2021.


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