Directed by: Carlo Vanzina
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Phil Coccioletti, Duilio Del Prete
Language: Italian | Subtitles: English (embed)
Also known as: Dagger Eyes, Murder Near Perfect
Description: Assassins are after a prostitute who has come into possession of a cigarette lighter that, unbeknownst to her, contains the negatives that show a politician’s assassination.
A delightfully playful giallo starring the beautiful Carole Bouquet as Mystere,a high class call girl who becomes the target for a couple of assassins.
On its initial release Mystere seemed rather twee,especially when compared to Argento’s Tenebrae, but the years have been very kind to this excellent little film, and although it is now a little difficult to track down, it is well worth the effort John Steiner as the ruthless hit man,Ivanov,gives one of his best performances of the eighties. Looking slick and menacing as the leather suited killer,Steiner glides through his scenes with ease and flair. Peter Berling turns up as a sleazy old man, and Janet Agren is nice as Mystere’s friend. The only drawback is the tiresome Phillip Coccioletti as a mouthy policeman.
A great showcase for Bouquets undeniable beauty, director Vanzina captures the actress at her most alluring. Splendid stuff.