FRANCESCA – Movie Review

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FRANCESCA

  • RELEASE DATE: Now Available on Blu-ray/DVD/CD Combo (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
  • WRITTEN BY: Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti
  • DIRECTED BY: Luciano Onetti
  • STARRING: Luis Emilio Rodriguez, Gustavo Dalessanro, Raul Gederlini

Two detectives are on the trail of a serial killer, but to do so they must solve the case of a missing girl from fifteen years previous in the new Neo-Giallo FRANCESCA.

Of course there’s a bit more to the story; namely that the missing girl, the eponymous Francesca, seems to have returned as the murder spree, seemingly inspired by the works of legendary Italian poet Dante Alighieri, escalates. Is it a coincidence that Francesca’s father, Vittorio Visconti, was a famed poet himself? I ain’t tellin’ my creepies!

Just to get one thing straight right away, if you aren’t a fan of the giallo genre, the storyline to FRANCESCA isn’t going to change your opinion. This flick could easily be one of a hundred such films from the golden age of spaghetti horror. But, that fact is also the film’s most breathtaking feature.

Never in my life have I seen a film so slavishly re-create a genre of film to such a level of perfection. Simply put, FRANCESCA looks exactly as if it was lensed in the early 1970’s; and everything form the composition of the shots, to the music (more on that in a bit), to the saturation and (artificial) degradation of the film stock is so perfect that I actually forgot I was watching  a modern film…and that is a high complement indeed!

While I would recommend this for lovers of Argento, Bava et.al based on the strength of the feature alone, I really must commend Unearthed Films for the package they have put together for this release. You of course get FRANCESCA presented in all of its pseudo-retro glory on Blu-ray, but also included are a DVD copy of the film, the excellent soundtrack (itself an exact reproduction of the types of scores you’d hear on any given Giallo) on a separate CD, fold out liner notes, deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, an interview with the film’s creators, and a collection of trailers.

FRANCESCA is like the long lost giallo that never was; an absolutely essential selection for any fan of the genre and a towering achievement in pitch perfect mimicry (but in a heartfelt and earnest way…not the “wink, wink” horseshit of crap like THE EDITOR). Highly, highly recommended…in fact you should be buying it now instead of reading my wicked words (and you know it’s quality if I actually want you to stop paying attention to me)!

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