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What Have You Done Solange [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Fabio Testi , Cristina Galbó , Massimo Dallamano    DVD
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  • Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal, Joachim Fuchsberger, Günther Stoll
  • Directors: Massimo Dallamano
  • Writers: Massimo Dallamano, Bruno Di Geronimo, Edgar Wallace, Peter M. Thouet
  • Producers: Fulvio Lucisano, Horst Wendlandt, Leo Pescarolo
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Live, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065B05
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What have you done Solange 12 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Enrico Rosseni (Fabio Testi) a Italian teacher living in England is having an affair with one of his students and while out on a romantic boat ride, she witnesses a murder of a girl who also attends the same school. As time goes on the bodys start to pile up and he sets off to find the truth behind all the brutal killings.

The film only shows one on screen death (of a girl been drowned) but that doesnt mean this film isnt without its violence, Director Massimo Dallamano focus's on the aftermath of each killing and the way each girl is murdered (a large knife stuck their vaginas)is shocking in its own way.

I enjoyed the film and found it very intresting, that was once id got used to the dubbing of Fabio Testi charatcer which was very irritating. Overall this is a well made film with all the aspects you expect from a Giallo. The music by Ennio Morricone is good in parts but its not as good as I thought it was going to be.

I guessed who the killer was before it was finally revealed at the end, but I couldnt guess what their motives was for the killings but once that was revealed it all made sense and compeleted what was one of the more impressive entries in the Giallo genre.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By mr_ska VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
What have you done to Solange? is certainly one of the better italian giallo films of the early 1970s and is definitely worth watching if you have any interest at all in italian cinema. However, the film is quite obviously a low budget affair, and you should be prepared for the usual cheap effects, so-so dubbing, and strange plot twists that are a feature of the genre.

What first grabs the interest is that the film is set in England, with most of the action revolving around a catholic school for girls. One of the schoolgirls is murdered on the bank of the Thames and the murderous action is partially seen by another pupil who is being seduced by the sports teacher in a rowing boat drifting past the bank. The murder turns out to be the first of several, and as you would expect a range of suspects come and go and more than a few plot twists are paraded before you before the identity of the murderer and the motive is finally revealed.

What makes this stand out from the giallo pack is that despite there being some loose ends and lack of sharpness in defining the plot, the plot does actually make reasonable sense at the end, and the murderer's motive is fairly believable.

The other notable feature of the film is the presence of Camille Keaton, famous for being Buster Keaton's neice, and infamous for starring in the execrable 'I Spit on Your Grave', and Christine Galbo, who starred in 'The Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue'. Of the two Galbo puts in the better performance, although that can partly be explained by the particular demands of the part played by Keaton.

Overall then, the film is worth watching if you are really into thrillers, italian cinema, or even just for a nostalgia trip in looking at the old cars and as a reminder of how things used to be.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller. Recommended 29 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
I have seen several "giallos", and apart from those by Dario Argento, they can be on the most part, quite dull and routine police dramas. But "What Have You Done To Solange" really surprised me, in fact I would say it's the best non-Argento giallo I have ever seen. A couple taking a romantic boat ride along a river are interrupted when the young woman sees something that frightens her on the riverbank. As she is too disturbed to enjoy the boat trip any more, the afternoon ends on a sour note for the couple, only for them to find out the next day that a brutal murder was indeed commited on the riverbank. Things only get worse from then on.
What I like so much about the film is that the plot unfolds fairly and squarely before your eyes, and you get to see the clues as they appear, the same time as the investigating police do. Unlike some "giallos" where red herrings and ambiguity surround too much of the on-screen action, the clues here are uncovered logically, and you'll find that you take in each new turn of events with growing interest and try to unravel the mystery for yourself. The script and the plot twists are very clever. Very soon after the opening, you learn that the couple on the boat were in fact a married teacher and his female pupil in the midst of an illicit affair, which puts them in trouble straight away as they try and work out how to unravel the mystery without exposing their infidelity. Actually, that's just the very start of their troubles, and I won't reveal any more because I think that everybody should watch this film with as little prior knowledge as possible, and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By mr_ska VINE VOICE
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What have you done to Solange? is certainly one of the better italian giallo films of the early 1970s and is definitely worth watching if you have any interest at all in italian cinema. However, the film is quite obviously a low budget affair, and you should be prepared for the usual cheap effects, so-so dubbing, and strange plot twists that are a feature of the genre.
What first grabs the interest is that the film is set in England, with most of the action revolving around a catholic school for girls. One of the schoolgirls is murdered on the bank of the Thames and the murderous action is partially seen by another pupil who is being seduced by the sports teacher in a rowing boat drifting past the bank. The murder turns out to be the first of several, and as you would expect a range of suspects come and go and more than a few plot twists are paraded before you before the identity of the murderer and the motive is finally revealed.
What makes this stand out from the giallo pack is that despite there being some loose ends and lack of sharpness in defining the plot, the plot does actually make reasonable sense at the end, and the murderer's motive is fairly believable.
The other notable feature of the film is the presence of Camille Keaton, famous for being Buster Keaton's neice, and infamous for starring in the execrable 'I Spit on Your Grave', and Christine Galbo, who starred in 'The Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue'. Of the two Galbo puts in the better performance, although that can partly be explained by the particular demands of the part played by Keaton.
Overall then, the film is worth watching if you are really into thrillers, italian cinema, or even just for a nostalgia trip in looking at the old cars and as a reminder of how things used to be. This maybe faint praise, but the film does have enough to keep you watching for the duration, and there is enough to it to be enjoyable if you don't view it with high expectations.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid And Disturbing Euro Thriller 2 Aug 2003
By cameron-vale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? (1972): Enrico Rossini (Fabio Testi) is a married teacher involved in an affair with one of his students, Elizabeth (Christine Galbó). One afternoon in a park, while enjoying one of their amorous trysts, Elizabeth witnesses the murder of a young woman, a crime that her lover does not see. When the corpse of a student is found at the park, the teacher finally believes Elizabeth and decides to revisit the scene of the murder. More girls are killed and the police begin to suspect that Enrico is the murderer. In a desperate attempt to clear his name, Enrico turns detective and eventually discovers the secret of a young woman named Solange (Camille Keaton), whose shocking past is linked to both the killer's choice of victims and the gruesome manner in which he dispatches them.
This solidly plotted and engrossing murder thriller is easily among the finest giallos ever made. The conventional storyline is enlivened with genuinely surprising twists, strong characters and a shocking, unexpected ending. Slickly directed by Massimo Dallamano, and featuring striking cinematography by Aristide Massachessi (who, as Joe D'Amato, had a subsequent career as one of the most incompetent directors of all time), SOLANGE is an unusually well made and restrained Italian thriller. Excellent performances from Fabio Testi, Joachin Fuchsberger, Karin Baal and the beautiful Christine Galbo raise the movie's quality level even higher. A fine, moody Ennio Morricone score provides some necessary tension enhancement. If you've never seen a giallo before, the film is a great starting point for anyone interested in taking an initial plunge into this fascinating genre.
The Shriek Show DVD is one of this small company's finest releases yet. The widescreen (1.85:1) transfer features gorgeous colors and sharp detailing, with only a few speckles, hair marks and some modest print damage. The movie itself is the real prize here as the extras are fairly skimpy: A poster and lobby card gallery is scored to the movie's main title theme and a nice 12 page booklet is provided with liner notes and quite a few stills. Finally, five trailers are included, for SOLANGE itself and some other related Shriek Show releases. Despite the lack of enticing extras, this is a worthy addition to any horror/suspense enthusiast's DVD library.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller - see it. 29 Jan 2006
By A. Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have seen several "giallos", and apart from those by Dario Argento, they can be on the most part, quite dull and routine police dramas. But "What Have You Done To Solange" really surprised me, in fact I would say it's the best non-Argento giallo I have ever seen. A couple taking a romantic boat ride along a river are interrupted when the young woman sees something that frightens her on the riverbank. As she is too disturbed to enjoy the boat trip any more, the afternoon ends on a sour note for the couple, only for them to find out the next day that a brutal murder was indeed commited on the riverbank. Things only get worse from then on.

What I like so much about the film is that the plot unfolds fairly and squarely before your eyes, and you get to see the clues as they appear, the same time as the investigating police do. Unlike some "giallos" where red herrings and ambiguity surround too much of the on-screen action, the clues here are uncovered logically, and you'll find that you take in each new turn of events with growing interest and try to unravel the mystery for yourself. The script and the plot twists are very clever. Very soon after the opening, you learn that the couple on the boat were in fact a married teacher and his female pupil in the midst of an illicit affair, which puts them in trouble straight away as they try and work out how to unravel the mystery without exposing their infidelity. Actually, that's just the very start of their troubles, and I won't reveal any more because I think that everybody should watch this film with as little prior knowledge as possible, and hopefully enjoy it as much as I did.

Beautifully filmed in stunning widescreen, actor Fabio Testi makes for a rather wooden hero, but most performances are good, including a full supporting cast of buxom school girls who put in a lot of full frontal nudity, which should please those viewers watching for some exposure of female flesh. That, and the jaw-droppingly brutal method of murder employed by the killer could have made this film totally depraved, but the stylish plot twists and interesting characters salvage it from being just another piece of Euro sleaze. Set in London, it's particularly nice to see this film with it's soundtrack in English, and the scenes involving the police are often full of very amusing British dialogue. Conversely, Testi's character is an Italian teacher living in England, so he has an authentic sounding Italian accent...it's little things like that that make the difference. Plus watch out for a surprising and effective appearance by Camille Keaton (of "I Spit On Your Grave") towards the end of the film...sorry, but again I can't tell you anymore!

I would recommend this to any Euro horror or Giallo fan. It looks great, has an intrigueing plot and a satisfying explanation to round it off. You'll enjoy it all the way through. But do yourself a huge favour and avoid spoilers!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah! What The Hell Have You Done To Her? 28 Aug 2006
By Stanley Runk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There are about eight billion giallos out there, and thanks to companies like Media Blasters, we get to see great versions of ones we've seen before and ones that never were available in the U.S. before. Solange I had never seen until recently, but I'd say this is one of the better giallo films to come out among the many we've seen in the last few years. While I haven't seen a giallo I though was crappy and not worth the time, some were a little more uninteresting than others. Solange is a pretty cool murder mystery involving a killer who's modus operandi involves stabbing schoolgirls in their.....elbows. That's it, their elbows. A small band of schoolgirls all hide a secret that puts them in the killer's crosshairs, and the secret involves a girl names Solange(obviously). Italian hunkster Fabio Testi is a teacher who digs chicks in uniform....schoolgirl uniforms that is. He's the one trying to solve the case, and we all know Fabio is just the guy for this kind of thing. Why don't you check it out? I can't think of a reason for you not to, especially if you dig giallo films, heartbreaking romances or Death Wish 4: The Crackdown.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Giallo 19 Oct 2005
By Ex-Pat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
A well done 'Giallo' picture. Great casting and a disturbing plot. Great atmosphere and a shocking ending in the tradition of the great Italian horror/suspense films. Highly recommended.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Presentation of a Solid Giallo 11 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This well-crafted 1971 giallo spends more attention on characterization and police procedure than on actual thrills but don't let that deter you. Yes, the gore is minimal but the murders are disturbing and the plot twists pile up to a conclusion that answers the title question in a gripping, beautifully filmed fashion.
The scope photography is excellent and the widescreen transfer is sharp, colorful and accurately framed. The mono audio track is a bit 'hissy' but it's more than passable for such an incredibly rare film. Extras are on the slim side with a handful of trailers and nice display of artwork and stills over Ennio Morricone's haunting theme.
If you're a fan of the film or the genre then this disc is a definite buy,
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