The Bloodstained Butterfly
The Bloodstained Butterfly (Italian: Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate) is a 1971 giallo film directed by Duccio Tessari. It was distributed in West Germany as Das Geheimnis der Schwarzen Rose (Secret of the Black Rose) which was the name of the Edgar Wallace story on which the film was based. It starred Helmut Berger and Ida Galli.
|The Bloodstained Butterfly|
|Directed by||Duccio Tessari|
|Written by||Gianfranco Clerici|
|Starring||Helmut Berger, Ida Galli|
|Music by||Gianni Ferrio|
|10 September 1971|
When an attractive college student (Carole Andre) is stabbed to death in the park during a rainstorm, the police arrest TV sports announcer Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia) as the killer. His attorney presents a weak defense and Marchi is incarcerated, not realizing his lawyer is having an affair with his wife, and the two are glad to get rid of him. But the murders continue, so the police begin to think they've jailed the wrong man.
- Helmut Berger: Giorgio
- Giancarlo Sbragia: Alessandro Marchi
- Evelyn Stewart (Ida Galli): Maria Marchi
- Wendy D'Olive: Sarah Marchi
- Silvano Tranquilli: Inspector Berardi
- Carole André: Françoise Pigaut
- Lorella De Luca: Marta Clerici
- Günther Stoll: Attorney Giulio Cordaro
- Wolfgang Preiss: The Prosecutor
- Dana Ghia: Diamante
AllMovie gave the film a positive review, writing "this beautifully assembled giallo is among the best of its time" and that it features a "genuinely intelligent script, a rarity in a subgenre generally known for flamboyant visuals at the expense of narrative cohesion."