Rent Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

3.0 of 5 from 58 ratings
1h 18min
Rent Five Dolls for an August Moon (aka 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Wealthy industrialist George Stark (Teodora Corra) has gathered a group of friends -played by a who's who of Italian genre cinema including William Berger, Ira von Furstenberg, Edwige Fenech and Howard Ross - to his island retreat. He hopes to entice them into investing in a new project, but soon the sunbathing and cocktail parties give way to murder, as the corpses begin to pile up one by one.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Luigi Alessi
Writers:
Mario di Nardo
Aka:
5 bambole per la luna d'agosto
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Classics, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/02/2016
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Optional isolated Music and Effects track
  • Audio commentary by Mario Bava's biographer Tim Lucas
  • Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre - a documentary profile of the director, hosted by Mark Kermode and featuring interviews with Joe Dante, John Carpenter and Tim Burton
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/02/2016
Run Time:
78 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Optional isolated Music and Effects track
  • Audio commentary by Mario Bava's biographer Tim Lucas
  • Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre - a documentary profile of the director, hosted by Mark Kermode and featuring interviews with Joe Dante, John Carpenter and Tim Burton
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Five Dolls for an August Moon

Spoilers follow ... - Five Dolls for an August Moon review by NP

Spoiler Alert
29/08/2017

Possibly a little groovier than many giallo films from this period, thanks to Maria Bava’s direction fused with an exotic score by Piero Umiliani, ‘Five Dolls’ opens with a swinging, debauched party culminating with a delightfully dishevelled Edwige Fenech (as Marie Chaney) faking her own bloody death. Those crazy kids.

We are introduced to a plethora of characters involved in a confusing myriad of affairs and casual romances, all acting like moustache-twirling villains. Taking time out from their lives to relax on a sumptuous, sun-kissed island, their vacation is marred only by the presence of a murderer in their midst. As they try unsuccessfully to find out about the mysterious Professor Farrell and his secrets in a series of playful, titillating asides and clandestine meetings, things become pretty complicated fairly quickly. Murders, missing money and ‘formulas’ … it all gets a bit much. In fact, it’s tempting not to worry about all that and concentrate instead in the visuals which are often breath-taking. There are various scenes held on the beach at night; I’m tempted to think a blue filter was applied to the camera during a sunny day to achieve the effect, but whatever, the results are visual indulgence – stunning. Umiliani’s bossa-nova score, with thick and chunky organ rhythms enhancing scenes in which characters search amidst lowing palm trees on the isolated beach for the latest corpse – rarely has the macabre looked and sounded so incredible.

Whilst I think it is fair to say the result is definitely a case of style over substance (lots of people you don’t really like coming to blows in very sixties’ locations reminiscent of the model sets used in Gerry Anderson’s puppet series), there is much to enjoy. The images of the growing number of corpses being bagged up and hung in the cooling room amongst the animal cadaver food supply is delightfully sinister.

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