Mio caro assassino
This efficient and at times impressively staged gialli was directed by journeyman filmmaker Tonino Valerii. He spent much of the 1960’s working on spaghetti westerns performing the role of assistant director to Sergio Leone on A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1964). Valerii also directed three of his own in this popular cycle before taking a change of the direction in the early 1970’s. This would be Valerii’s only attempt at a gialli and it would turn out to be both memorable and creatively successful. The film instantly benefits from the casting of George Hilton, who at the time, was an assured staple of popular Italian cinema. Hilton had previously appeared in the undistinguished gialli Next! (1971 aka The Strange Vice or Mrs. Wardh) and Case of the Scorpion’s Tale (1971) and brings with him the experience and gravitas required for the role of Inspector Luca Peretti.