Arguably the most insanely idiosyncratic giallo ever directed, DEATH LAID AN EGG (1968) is a true wayward masterpiece of kaleidoscopic Italian counterculture cinema. Directed by largely unsung iconoclastic auteur Giulio Questi (DJANGO KILL!, ARCANA) and starring legendary leading man Jean-Louis Trintignant (THE CONFORMIST) as a married man that may or may not be a serial killer, Gina Lollobrigida (John Huston’s BEAT THE DEVIL) as his delectable yet overly domineering careerist wife, and Swedish blonde bombshell Ewa Aulin (CANDY) as his murderous double-crossing mistress, the film is the virtual giallo equivalent to Godard’s WEEKEND in terms of its crass car crash fetishism, savage anti-bourgeois sentiments, and overall anarchic spirit. Set largely in a hi-tech automated poultry factory that breeds mutant boneless chickens.
DEATH LAID AN EGG is a socio-politically sophisticated avant-garde giallo that is more pertinent today than when it was first released in terms of its quite modern depiction of the battle of the sexes and the perils of technology. The original Italian “superbly edited” giallo version is presented by Cult Epics in High-definition and with new bonus features as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo.
Cult Epics website Exclusive: DEATH LAID AN EGG CD Soundtrack by Bruno Maderna (Limited numbered edition of 300 with Blu-ray/DVD Combo & CD) Region free (only few copies left)
“Much like Questi’s similarly strange Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (1967), there is enough intriguing randomness to support a cursory interest, simply for the sheer unpredictability of it all.” –Cut Print Film
“You can’t look away so you have no choice but to go along for the ride.” –Sleuth