I’m still in two minds about ‘The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears’. Homage? Pastiche? Surreal masterpiece? Or just a whole lot of pretentious winky-wanky-woo? For sure, the scene involving the spy hole in the ceiling of the suspicious couple’s flat is a stunning piece of work and ‘more Argento than Argento himself’. But ultimately, it’s the lack of a coherent narrative which sets it at odds with the Giallo genre where the ingenuous denouements are always the key pay-off.
One aspect of the soundtrack niggled with me because I was pretty sure that I had heard it somewhere before. Thanks to the power of Google, I can now identify it as being lifted from ‘Suor Omicidi/Killer Nun’, a forgettable Italian ‘Nunsploitation’ horror movie from the 70’s (its chief selling point being the presence of a past-her-prime Anita Ekberg as the eponymous lead.)
The music is by Alessandro Alessandroni, whose other claim to fame is being the lips behind the atmospheric whistling on many of Ennio Morricone’s iconic Spaghetti Western soundtracks.