Oct 28, 2008

What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is a notable giallo film made in 1973 depicting politically incorrect themes of child prostitution rings. The fact that this film depicted societal figures high in power being corrupt throughout an illegal ring is a ballsy move for Massimo Dallamano. This is the same director of such iconic genre films as the idealistic sequel What Have They Done to Solange? and Venus in Furs. If the stylistic approach to this gialli seems familiar, note that Dallamano also was the cinematographer to Sergio Leone's For A Few Dollars More.

As with most Italian crime thrillers, the music leads the film while serenading your ears with eerie synth and prog-rock aversions. A black mysterious Wraith-figure is constantly escaping the crime scenes armed with a cleaver. This eventually leads into the most magnificent scene of a cop with idle hands getting it chopped off which leads into a color explosion of filters and a stream of blood. The sound effects are purely a tour de force. What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is a work in giallo that is clearly a film made for entertainment and a PSA to missing children.

The film takes an exciting Bikesploitation turn as we are assaulted with many-a chase scenes on a flashy classic Italian motorcycle. This film works as a powerful drama, murder mystery, and a detective story. It does more with three genres than a film with one can muster. It takes the child prostitution sub line and adds a really creepy vibe. Whenever I view Lifetime films of the sort about human trafficking, I just cannot help but laugh at the dramatic reenactments reeking of post-industry trauma.

In an overview of this marvelous piece of work, It really is hard to label this film in my endearing retrospect. If you're a fan of crime cinema in general, this film should find a home snugly within your confines of tastes. In a world populated with horrid uninspired films chronicling events that are dismayed upon, What Have They Done to Your Daughters? hits the spot on terms of pure sleaze. If I had a daughter, watching this film would sure tweak my nerves.



Fox said...

I love/hate the stills you captured from this film, and also that you flesh the plot of this movie out more than the back of most giallo dvds. I'm lucky enough to have a video store in town that has a Giallo/Crime-Horror section but it's always so hard to tell between the lot of them b/c the packaging is so similar. And if there is anything that is boring, it's a boring giallo film. I will be checking this one out though.

Keith said...

Great write-up. I've heard of this film, but never seen it before. I'll have to see if I can check it out.

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