DOUBLE FACE (1969)
aka A doppia faccia
Article 2501 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-8-2008
Posting Date: 6-17-2008
Directed by Riccardo Freda
Featuring Klaus Kinski, Christiane Kruger, Gunther Stoll
Country: West Germany/Italy
An industrialist loses his wife in a car accident. However, when he sees a veiled woman in a racy film that resembles his wife, he begins to suspect she’s still alive…
It was pretty late in the game for the Edgar Wallace mysteries from Germany by this time. This one has several pluses; it’s in color, it features Klaus Kinski in a leading role for once, and it looks as if some care was taken with the dubbing. Furthermore, the movie is coherent, though the story itself is a little confusing. Its biggest problem is that it’s a little low on the energy side and slow-moving at times. Lucio Fulci was one of the writers, and the director was one of the pioneer horror directors from Italy, Riccardo Freda, who also gave us the THE DEVIL’S COMMANDMENT, the Dr. Hichcock movies, and some sword and sandal movies as well.
Oh, and the fantastic content? Without giving too much away, let’s just say that surviving a road accident won’t necessarily leave your good looks intact.