In the inaugural episode of Fragments of Fear, Peter and Rachael discuss Armando Crispino’s deliriously innovative 1975 giallo Macchie Solari aka Autopsy. Wavering between science-fiction tinged surrealism and a detached almost documentary like style, Crispino’s Autopsy is a somewhat experimental take on the giallo that plays with the genre’s form to deliver a fascinating and unrelenting character study of a woman plagued by personal trauma set against a backdrop of mysterious suicides in sun drenched Rome. 

Join them as they dissect the genesis of Autopsy, female neurosis in the giallo and the relationship between sex and death in this overlooked yet pivotal entry in the giallo cannon:

In case you’ve never seen Autopsy, Mimsy Farmer is the star here – and she’s a real favourite here at Movie Ramblings thanks to her turns in the likes of Argento’s ‘Four Flies On Grey Velvet’.

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

A pathology med student and a priest team up to investigate a wave of suicides blamed on sun spots and discover a number of them to be actual murders.

And here’s a trailer (the film is available on Youtube btw)…

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle