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Dead Are Alive
L'Etrusco uccide ancora

1972       Samantha Eggar

Teaser Storyline for Dead Are Alive


Jason (Alex Cord), a young American archeologist doing research on Etruscan tombs around Tarquinia, is the house guest of the celebrated orchestra conductor, Nikos (John Marley), and his beautiful wife, Myra (Samantha Eggar), a girl for whom Jason had once nearly renounced his favorite pastime, drinking. Other guests in the sumptuous villa set among the trees of a magnificent park near Spoleto include his son Igor (Carlo De Mejo); Stephan (Horst Frank), a homosexual choreographer who is preparing a special ballet for the famed Festival of Two Worlds; and Irene (Daniela Surina), the maestro's private secretary and fanatical admirer.

Jason and his young Italian assistant, Alberto (Enzo Cerusico), have found the tomb of the ancient Etruscan demon god, Tuchulka, with the aid of the most advanced technological equipment placed at his disposal by the Lerici Foundation.

One day a young couple, who steal into the area of the necropolis forbidden to the public, enter a tomb to make love. They're found dead, killed in accordance

with ancient rites practiced by the Etruscans 3,000 years ago to propitiate their gods. Inspector Giuranna and two of his detectives, Vitanza and Minelli, begin an immediate investigation; the only clue at the scene of the crime is a pair of very special dancing slippers which seem to have been left there deliberately.

Anyone could be guilty of the horrendous crime: perhaps Jason during an alcoholic "blackout"; or Stephan; or Myra; or Otello, the greedy, unscrupulous guard at the Etruscan museum who's always involved in some kind of shady deal to make an easy buck.

The investigation is plodding along when unexpectedly, the body of Giselle, Igor's young fiance is discovered in the riding stable at Nikos' villa. Igor is also found with her, almost at death's door himself. He is rushed to a hospital, where doctors say he will recover. Inspector Giuranna, meanwhile, has found several strange similarities and coincidences between Giselle's death and that of the young couple in the tomb.

Pursuing his investigation, the inspector uncovers Jason's troubled past, discovering, among other things, that he spent some time in a clinic for alcoholics and also that he and Myra had once been lovers. Circumstantial evidence continues pointing at Jason. Also, Otello who has witnessed a secret meeting between Jason and Myra in a lonely, deserted area of the necropolis, is attempting to blackmail Jason by threatening to tell Nikos.

Another very interesting person who lives in Spoleto is Leni (Nadja Tiller), a handsome woman who is forced to wear wigs to hide the horrible burns on her bare scalp. Many years earlier, it is revealed, Nikos, then her husband, had surprised her in her dressing room making love to a male ballet dancer and had shoved her into an electric heater. Her own magnificent hair had caught fire and burned off completely.

Now, a third crime is committed. Otello and his pretty young wife, Velia, suffer the same fate of the other three victims of the mysterious killer. Again, a pair of the same dancing slippers are left at the scene.

While Giuranna is interrogating Jason, upon whom so much suspicion has fallen, Nikos dies mysteriously, perhaps a victim of the killer, perhaps a suicide.

Igor goes to his father's dressing room at the Teatro Caio Melisso in Spoleto where Nikos was to have conducted his concert, to pack a suitcase with his dead father's personal effects. Myra is with him. Igor tells her his father had killed himself to protect someone he loved very dearly, and approaches her menacingly.

The key to the mystery is close at hand. The final solution, unpredictable but logical, comes only after the mad assassin unsuccessfully attempts to eliminate another victim .. . .



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Cast

Jason .......................... Alex Cord
Myra .......................... Samantha Eggar
Nikos .......................... John Marley
Leni .......................... Nadja Tiller
Stephan .......................... Horst Frank
Giuranna .......................... Enzo Tarascio
Alberto .......................... Enzo Cerusico
Igor .......................... Carlo De Mejo
Otello .......................... Vladan Milasinovic
Irene .......................... Daniela Surrina
Velia .......................... Christiane Von Blank
Vitanza .......................... Mario Mabanzana
Minelli .......................... Pier Luigi D'Orazio
Giselle .......................... Wendy D'Olive
Poliziotto (Policeman) ........... Ivan Pavicevac



Credits for Dead Are Alive

Directed By .......................... Armando Crispino
Screenplay By .......................... Lucio Battistrada, Armando Crispino
Costumes .......................... Luca Sabatelli
Art Director .......................... Giantito Burchiellabo
Music Composer .......................... Riz Ortolani
Editor .......................... Alberto Galliiti
Director Of Photography .......................... Erico Menczer
Unit Manager .......................... Aleksandar Krstic
Production Supervisor .......................... Peter Hahne
Assistant Director .......................... Victor Tourjansky
Camera Operator .......................... Roberto Brega
Director Of Photography (2nd Unit) .......... Sekula Banovic
Set Designers .......................... Antonio Casaijno, Jurgens Kiebach
Mixer .......................... Bruno Zanoli
Still Cameraman .......................... Baldi Schwarze

Produced By Mondial Te Fi

A National General Pictures Release
Color
Running Time: 103 Minutes
Rating: R





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