Death Walks On High Heels (1971) ***1/2

Death Walks On High Heels (1971) is a twisty-turny giallo filled to the brim with red herrings. No matter how many times I see it I think I forget the mechanics (because the plot is so convoluted). It's a bit clunky at times, the sexy stuff in the beginning of the film feels a little out of place with the rest of the film (including a problematic racist depiction), and the overtly violent scenes actually feel a bit tacked on (despite being a key part of this genre). But it's a fun ride in the tradition of Agatha Christie - complete with the amusing stereotypical scene where the villain explains his motive at the end, the score by Stelvio Cipriani is bouncy and breezy, and it never seems to take itself too seriously (the ending even has a winking freeze frame that you can't help but smile at).

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