Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularised by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces. When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to the case than meets the eye… Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!

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The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 35m

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Directed by Duccio Tessari (Death Occurred Last Night, A Pistol for Ringo), The Bloodstained Butterfly melds the lurid giallo traditions popularised by Dario Argento and Mario Bava with courtroom drama, resulting in a film that is as concerned with forensic detail and legal process as it is with grisly murders and audacious set-pieces. When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover, TV sports personality Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia, Death Rage), seen fleeing the scene of the crime by numerous eyewitnesses. The evidence against him is damning… but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s more to the case than meets the eye… Starring 70s heartthrob Helmut Berger (Dorian Gray, The Godfather: Part III) alongside genre mainstays Evelyn Stewart (The Psychic, The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail) and Carole André (Colt 38 Special Squad), and featuring a score by Gianni Ferrio (Death Walks at Midnight), The Bloodstained Butterfly is presented uncut and in a sumptuous new 4K restoration that allows this unique and haunting thriller to shine like never before!

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Released
Cast
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Helmut Berger

Giorgio
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Giancarlo Sbragia

Alessandro Marchi
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Ida Galli

Maria Marchi (as Evelyn Stewart)
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Silvano Tranquilli

Inspector Berardi
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Wendy D'Olive

Sarah Marchi
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Günther Stoll

Attorney Giulio Cordaro
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Carole André

Françoise Pigaut
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Anna Zinnemann

Anna Bellini
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Lorella De Luca

Marta Clerici
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Dana Ghia

Giorgio's mother
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Wolfgang Preiss

The Prosecutor
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Peter Shepherd

The Inspector's Assistant
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Gabriella D'Olive

Gabriella Giusti (as Gabriella Venditti)
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Antonio Anelli

Journalist (uncredited)
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Aristide Caporale

Fattorino (uncredited)
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Pietro Ceccarelli

Masseur (uncredited)
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Giorgio Chinaglia

Himself (uncredited)
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Francesco D'Adda

Eyewitness (uncredited)
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Alfonso Giganti

Fingerprint analyzer (uncredited)
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Giuseppe Marrocco

Journalist (uncredited)
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Duccio Tessari

Killer Eye-Witness (uncredited)
Crew
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Duccio Tessari

Director
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Gianfranco Clerici

Writer
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Duccio Tessari

Writer
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Edgar Wallace

Writer
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The Bloodstained Butterfly

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

8/23/2016

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