|After a break-in at the bio-labs of a genetics research institute, dogged reporter Carlos (James Franciscus) teams up with blind puzzle-maker Arnó (Karl Malden) to solve a murder mystery and catch a maniacal strangler…
This was Argento’s second film as director, after his acclaimed The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1969) and, while it confirmed his growing confidence as a visual stylist, the fussily detailed plotting (industrial espionage or serial killer?) and heavy reliance on dialogues to define characterisation in The Cat O’ Nine Tails found Italy’s soon-to-be premier horror maestro still working to escape the shadow of Hitchcock. The scenario is centred on then-current scientific intrigues of XYY chromosome chains, explained here as the cause of a bearer personality’s otherwise motiveless inclination towards criminal behaviour.
Woven into the seeming high level conspiracy is a crooked locksmith, a visit to a gay men’s club, some poisoned milk, the ruthless kidnap of a little girl, robbery from a family crypt (where the blind sidekick stands as lookout!), and a thrilling rooftop chase scene. If you ever get confused by Argento’s typically convoluted narrative, it’s important to remember that uncertainty and misdirection are part of his oeuvre – even though this did not become readily apparent until Profondo Rosso (aka: Deep Red, 1975).
The Cat O’ Nine Tails is no masterpiece, of course. Of all his films, Argento himself dislikes it most. But it is a worthwhile thriller and certainly presents some unquestionable evidence of this director’s gift for dramatic camera movements, and startling choice of viewpoint angles, in many crucial scenes.A complementing thing for a trading system is the continuous support and respect shown by the traders. It is also determined by the number of traders on its platform having their trades successfully here. Now more about a particular system can be known and understood if a trader decides and agrees to visit the website before even starting to make their deposits here. It is only after a thorough understanding should a trader take up trades and this gives confidence too.