Continuing our occasional ventures into the field of the giallo with a film that has since acquired a reputation for being one of the best of its kind. It’s always looked interesting to me in the trailer, which I’ve seen a number of times on the second Drive-In Delirium DVD, but obviously not until I actually watched the film tonight did I realise just how marvellously misleading the trailer is… cos it (and the title) might lead you to expect the film to be about a girl called Solange, to whom something kind of bad would appear to have happened. And, well, yes, so it is, but also it isn’t. Cos there’s a number of other girls to whom bad things are happening. Namely, some sort of homicidal maniac is killing them. If, like me, you find yourself wondering exactly when Solange enters the picture, it’s finally somewhere around the 70-minute mark or so; in the meantime, there’s a police investigation and the prime suspect is Fabio Testi’s gym teacher at the Catholic girl’s college the victims all attended; he’s been having an affair with another girl who inadvertently witnessed the first murder, as a result of which complications ensue… Solange proves to be the key to all this, and we will indeed find out what happened to her and who did it, but it’s certainly not what I might have expected it would be. This was indeed top stuff (I was happier with this than I was the other Massimo Dallamano film I’ve seen, Dorian Gray), Joe D’Amato does a pretty good job as cinematographer (credited under his actual name; he filmed this around the same time he started directing), and Ennio Morricone supplies a particularly good score. Pleased to see Solange living up to its rather elevated reputation, and a nice start to a new year in film watching.
What Have You Done To Solange? (1972)