The Cat O' Nine Tails Movie Review Summary

Actors: Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak, Horst Frank, Aldo Reggiani

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Written and directed by Dario Argento in 1971, THE CAT O'NINE TAILS, a giallo, is the second movie of the italian director.
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Karl -Franco Arno- Malden is a blind man living with his 10 years old niece near a medical institute specialized in genetics. When someone breaks in the institute and, the next day, one of the researchers is run over by a train at the railway station, Arno decides to begin a private investigation. He convinces James -Carlo Giordani- , a journalist working on the case, to help him as they remark on a photography that someone has pushed the scientist under the train. But each time they think to get an information from someone, the murderer is faster and kills the potential witness by strangulation. Little by little, they narrow the circle of potential killers to the people working in the institute. They are told by its founder's daughter, the beautiful Catherine Spaak, that some of the scientists were working on a special governmental project about genetics. The killer could be a spy working for a rival organization. Or maybe not.

Great job from Karl Malden and artisanal special effects more efficient than those produced by today computer technology.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Medical Thriller?    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   poisoning    -   getting cure/new technology Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murders of set profession?    -   doctors Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of mystery?    -   amateur citizen investigator

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   seeing breasts Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   dropped from large heights    -   crushed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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