Original Australian Daybill Poster Four Flies On Grey Velvet
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (Italian: 4 mosche di velluto grigio) is a 1971 Italian giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento, from a story by Luigi Cozzi (who also served as assistant director). The film is the third in director Argento's "Animal Trilogy", having been preceded by The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971). This was originally intended to be Argento's swan song to the giallo genre. This would later change once The Five Days did poorly at the box-office. Some of the earlier cast considerations for the main role Roberto Tobias were Terence Stamp, Michael York and even some members of The Beatles. A high-speed camera equipment (capable of producing 1000 frames a second) was used to shoot possibly the first known instance (in feature films) of following a bullet's trajectory with high-speed cameras. When it came to the film’s score, Deep Purple was considered but because of scheduling difficulties with the band the film was instead scored by world-famous composer Ennio Morricone. Critics praised the film for its "striking, imaginative color photography and deep-freeze pacing and atmosphere" and highlighted the sequence where Amelia is trapped in the park as "spine-tingling", "superb" and "Argento at his chilling best".