Rent The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

3.3 of 5 from 61 ratings
1h 39min
Rent The Bloodstained Butterfly (aka Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning... but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there's more to the case than meets the eye...
Actors:
, Giancarlo Sbragia, , , , , , , , , , , Federica Tessari, , , , , , ,
Directors:
Writers:
Gianfranco Clerici, Duccio Tessari, Edgar Wallace
Aka:
Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/08/2016
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth Mad Dog Helmut, a new interview with actor Helmut Berger
  • Exclusive introduction by Helmut Berger
  • A Butterfly Named Evelyn, a new interview with actress Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli
  • Me and Duccio, an interview with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of director Duccio Tessari Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/08/2016
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Murder in B-Flat Minor, a new visual essay on the film, its cast and crew by author Troy Howarth Mad Dog Helmut, a new interview with actor Helmut Berger
  • Exclusive introduction by Helmut Berger
  • A Butterfly Named Evelyn, a new interview with actress Evelyn Stewart/Ida Galli
  • Me and Duccio, an interview with Lorella De Luca, actress and wife of director Duccio Tessari Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images

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Reviews (1) of The Bloodstained Butterfly

Spoilers follow ... - The Bloodstained Butterfly review by NP

Spoiler Alert
19/05/2017

I’m a firm believer that rain can add atmosphere to any scene, whether on film, television, book or photograph. The downpour that accompanies many of the events at the beginning of this Duccio Tessari directed giallo is welcome after the very lengthy introduction, via a never-ending opening credits sequence introducing many starring characters.

The rainstorm adds additional horrific grit to the murder of beautiful student Françoise Pigaut (Carole André), after which toupee-sporting sports presenter Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia) is arrested. We then learn his wife is having an affair with his lawyer, and that even after Marchi’s incarceration, further murders take place …

‘The Bloodstained Butterfly’ has garnered much praise for resisting the flamboyant nature of many giallos and concentrating, in a very measured way, on the various characters and possible murderers. The police investigations are methodical and Silvano Tranquilli’s Inspector Berardi and his men spend as much time in the dark about things as we are. The reluctance to dwell on gore, sex or elaborate plot details tend to make many events quite dull viewing in my view.

Usual giallo standouts are very much in evidence here: Gianni Ferrio’s score is wonderful, the locations, drenched in sun or hammered by rainfall, are spectacular throughout. The reveal at the end is entirely in-keeping with the restrained manner throughout the 95 minutes – satisfying but hardly spectacular.

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