Thursday, September 4, 2008

Arabella l'angelo nero (Angela, the Black Angel)

Stelvio Massi might have been responsible for some great poliziesci (including the enjoyable Mark trilogy), but Arabella l'angelo nero really is a very poor giallo. Without a decent script and unable to create any kind of suspense, Massi goes all with the sleaze instead and any female character sheds her clothes within seconds of appearing on screen. Well, everybody apart from Evelyn Stewart. I always feel a bit sorry for her when I watch this. She'd been in films by Fellini and Visconti and she starred in handful of classic gialli titles, but by 1989 she was reduced to starring in this kind of shabby fare. No wonder this was one of her last films.


Mirko di Wallenberg said...

Isn't sad that a lot of great actresses from the 60's and 70's which started with great careers almost always end up at the wrong side of the road often in poverty like Marisa Mell, Karen Schubert, Anita Ekberg and so many others! It's almost an unwritten law!

Peter said...

It certainly is Mirko. There were quite a few actresses from that era that fell on hard times once they became too old to appear as leading ladies. Must be quite tough to be relegated to poor bit parts when you were once a celebrated star.