Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 2nd, 2004
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: 2000
Approximate Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Salvation
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL
Retail Price: (OOP)
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.
Salvation presents What Have They Done to Your Daughters? Is presented in its original 2:35:1 aspect ratio unfortunately this DVD hasn’t been anamorphic enhanced. The overall print used suffers from faded colors, lack of detail and artifacts that appear through out the film. A heavy amount of grain is most noticeable in darker or night time scenes. This DVD comes with only one audio option a Dolby Digital English Dubbed Mono track. The audio track suffers from some minor distortion; still the dialog is easy to follow and this mono track gets the job done.
Salvation gives this classic giallo a barebones release and the only extras include the films international English trailer and a stills gallery. It is too bad Salvation didn’t put as much effort into this release like Media Blasters did for their release What Have They Done to Solange? Salvation’s What Have They Done to Your Daughters? DVD has been out of print for awhile and I hope who ever picks up this title gives this film the red carpet it deserves. What Have They Done to Your Daughters? Is a must see giallo and I suggest waiting for a better release of this title to come along.