Film #335: AUTOPSY aka MACCHIE SOLARI
Autopsy (aka Macchie Solari)
3 out of 5 stars
Mimsy Farmer (FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET,THE PERFUME OF A LADY IN BLACK, SPENCER’S MOUNTAIN) stars in this B-grade giallo which makes up for its plot inconsistencies with a ton of nudity and some pretty decent gore. Director Armando Crispino sets an even tone, but – like a lot of giallos – the script puts way too many plates to spinning and the proceedings become unnecessarily convoluted. Farmer sports an obvious blonde wig here and looks a lot like Sean Young while she whines her way through her role. For example, despite being a supposedly seasoned pathologist, she manages to shriek each and every time she comes across a dead body. Man, I hate that kind of shit! Anyway, the rest of the cast is solid for its timeframe (mid-70s) and its country of origin (Italy). There is some nonsense thrown about regarding sunspots (its Italian title actually means “sunspots”) and their effects on “collective suicides,” but it’s a glaring red herring and completely beside the point. In the end, AUTOPSY is again a B-grade giallo that pays off… sort of… and it’s worth a rental especially once you’ve clipped through all the A-List giallos and still have a jones to see one. Good - not great - but you could do a LOT worse than this one.