Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 8th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Italy, 1974
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Ettore Sanzò
Cast: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi, Farley Granger
DVD released: May 26th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: English on Italian language scenes
DVD Release: Shameless Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £12.99
Synopsis: When a young girl’s apparent suicide uncovers a teenage prostitution network that leads the police to believe the girl was murdered. Inspector’s Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli) teams up with assistant district attorney Vittoria Stori (Giovanna Ralli) to uncover the truth. The killer dressed in black motorcycle attire stalks Vittoria as she gets closer to the truth. Will Inspector’s Silvestri and Vittoria unravel the mystery before they become the next victim?
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, is more of a crime thriller then a giallo like its predecessor. What Have You Done to Your Daughters?, Is a sequel to Massimo Dallamano’s hugely successful giallo, What Have They Done to Solange? Stelvio Cipriani’s has composed several classic scores like Rabid Dogs, Twitch of the Death Nerve, The Frightened Woman and Execution Squad. Farley Granger has a cameo in, What Have You Done to Your Daughters? He is best remembered for his portrayal of Guy Haines in Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Granger role is all to brief and he is never given enough screen time to make his character nothing more then a plot device that furthers the story.
Dallamano for Daughters takes the violence up a notch as he expands on ideas and themes he explored earlier in Solange. Daughters moves a brisker pace then its predecessor Solange and Massimo Dallamano many years as a cinematographer is evident as every frame is filled with interesting compositions that add to the films dark undertones. What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, also tackles some controversial issues like birth control, underage sex and abortion. One of my favorite moments in the film is when assistant district attorney Vittoria Stori is being stalked by killer in a parking garage. The Film Noir like lighting sets the mood as tension filled game of cat and mouse ensues with Vittoria narrowly escaping the killers’ meat cleaver on more then one occasion. Massimo Dallamano uses this shadow like lighting to great effect many times through out the film.
Stelvio Cipriani’s score echoes Morricone’s from Solange and it is one of Cipriani’s best scores as a composer. The films main theme is the closest I have heard anyone come to mimicking Ennio Morricone excluding of course Bruno Nicolai many collaborations with Ennio Morricone’s. What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, feature’s a strong cast of euro regulars Giovanna Ralli (Cold Eyes of Fear, The Mercenary), Claudio Cassinelli (Flavia the Heretic, Suspected Death of a Minor) and Mario Adorf (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Short Night of the Glass Dolls). What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, has everything one would expect from a giallo. It has a black gloved killer dressed in biker gear and the paring of a male and female who are throw together to solve the mystery. This hybrid giallo uses police as the sleuths instead of your typical giallo which you’re your average Joe as the amateur detective.
Shameless Films presents What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Shameless Films transfer is a vast improvement over the previous UK DVD release from Redemption and it is on par with the region 2 DVD from Koch Media.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. This release includes two scenes that are only presented in Italian and English subtitles have been provided. Even though there is some background noise (which is also present in the Salvation Films and Koch Media English language tracks), the overall quality of audio on the Shameless Films release sounds more robust and clearer then these two previous releases.
Extras for this release include trailers for What Have They Done to Your Daughters, My Dear killer, Night Train Murders, Torso, Baba Yaga, Phantom of Death and The Black Cat. A reversible covert art has been included with this release of the film’s original poster art. Overall Shameless Film’s gives What Have They Done to Your Daughters?, its most complete DVD release to date.