What Have You Done to Solange?

1972

Horror / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 7.0

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107 min
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Reviewed by Wheatpenny 7

An innocent teacher is suspected of a really sick series of murders (after this film, the verb "to solange" should have been added to the dictionary) and must clear himself, ala Hitchcock. Supposedly based on one of Edgar Wallace's books (there _is_ a hidden room), they still must have taken an awful lot of creative license. Joe D'Amato uses the 2.35 frame as only a style-uber-content DP can, though Dallamano deserves a lot of credit for making the story so engrossing. Morricone's score is truly haunting (available on CD with his score for Lenzi's "Spasmo"), adding a note of sadness to the gruesome proceedings. As with the best horror, there's nothing explicit in the murder scenes, wisely leaving the details of the truly hideous murders to the viewers' imaginations. ("Giallo in Venice" also featured a murderer solanging a victim but ruined it by showing the whole thing.) This one's definitely worth checking out, though widescreen is a must.

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Reviewed by Witchfinder-General-666 10

What a remarkable film! In spite of high expectations and entirely praising comments by fellow Horror fans, Massimo Dallamano&#39;s &quot;Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange&quot; aka. &quot;What Have You Done To Solange&quot; of 1972 was still capable of astonishing me with its brilliance. This complex and mesmerizing film delivers cinematic perfection in every aspect and stands out as one of the most ingenious Gialli ever made. I am an avid fan of Gialli, and this is an absolute must-see for every fan of this great (sub-)genre. &quot;What Have You Done To Solange&quot; is not only essential to those who share my enthusiasm for Italian Horror cinema, however. Be it the convoluted plot, the ingenious camera work, the brilliant score by Maestro Ennio Morricone or the constant, tantalizing suspense - there is not a single aspect that is not brilliant about this stunning film, that I highly recommend to any suspense-lover in general.<br/><br/>Henry Rossini (Fabio Testi), a married Italian teacher at a Catholic London private school for girls, has an affair with one of his students (Christina Galbó). When they are having a romantic boat-ride on the Thames, the girl suddenly yells that she has just seen a knife. Henry first laughs her claims off as hysteria, until the body of another girl, also one of his students is found right at the exact same spot the following day. It is not long until other murders of girls occur, all carried out in the same, horrid manner...<br/><br/>The film is not as gory as many other brilliant Gialli (such as Dario Argento&#39;s films), but the manner in which the murders are carried out is more than a bit nasty. The film has one of the most compelling plots ever in Horror cinema, and is stunningly suspenseful from the very beginning. The eerie atmosphere is even intensified by a brilliant and mesmerizing score by none other than the great Ennio Morricone. The brilliant cinematography was done by Joe D&#39;Amato, the infamous &#39;king of sleaze&#39; himself who shocked audiences in the 80s when he directed gruesome productions such as &quot;Antropophagus&quot; and &quot;Buio Omega&quot;. The performances are also excellent. Fabio Testi, who is famous among fans of Italian genre-cinema, mainly for starring in crime and police flicks, stars in his most memorable role here. Karin Baal is excellent as his German wife, and Joachim Fuchsberger delivers a solid performance as the investigating police detective. Great performances also come from the sexy female cast, most memorably from Camille Keaton, who is best known for the infamous Exploitation shocker &quot;I Spit On Your Grave&quot; of 1978.<br/><br/>Like two other excellent Gialli (Argento&#39;s &quot;Bird With The Crystal Plumage&quot; and Lenzi&#39;s &quot;Seven Blood-Stained Orchids&quot;) this was heavily cut and sold as an Edgar Wallace film in Germany. People in German speaking countries: Avoid the mutilated German version and get uncut international versions instead. This is brilliant suspense cinema at its finest and an uncut version is absolutely essential! I could go on praising this film forever, but instead I will end my review with a recommendation: Get &quot;What Have You Done To Solange&quot; as soon as you possibly can! It is easily one of the most compelling Gialli ever made and absolutely essential for every Horror-lover to see! 10/10

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Reviewed by dolemite-13 7

This is a good murder mystery, based on an Edgar Wallace novel. It has all the ingredients of a good giallo: horrible murders, sex, religion and nightmarish flashbacks.(Especially the one at the end is bound to give you bad dreams).<br/><br/>The plot isn&#39;t always logical, and the acting isn&#39;t very convincing. But the direction is good and the music by Ennio Morricone is one of the best scores he has ever made.<br/><br/>If you like the movies of Dario Argento, you&#39;ll love this one.

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