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DEATH LAID AN EGG (1968)
DEATH LAID AN EGG (1968)

Jean-Louis Trintignant’s character finds himself at the centre of a bizarre conundrum, an idiosyncratic thriller laden with obscure Freudian motifs, art house posturing, and bravura camera styling’s; but it’s the film’s gleeful lack of conformity that engenders ‘Death laid An Egg’ with such a rabid cult following. While the film contains the requisite murder, squabbling in-laws, micro-skirted dolly birds, and  it is a giallo in only the broadest sense, as Guigli’s aesthetic is far more oblique and cerebral than the average black gloves of death approach. Naturally, thriller convention plays a part here, but it cowers betwixt layer-upon-layer of psychedelic absurdity. ‘Morte Ha fatto L’uovo’ might be a Bunuel-esque satire of middle-class malaise and big business avarice, but in point of fact this glorious oddity remains too enigmatic for simple reductionism, and remains forever that most precious of cinematic artifacts a genuine cult movie deserving of the highest praises indeed.

 

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