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La porta sul buio Il tram (1973– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Mystery / Thriller
Original Title: Il tram
Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento
Released: 1973–
Duration: 52min
Video type: TV Episode
A young woman gets murdered on a crowded tram without anyone else noticing the crime. Inspector Giordani decides to recreate the incident in order to find out the killer's identity.
Episode cast overview:
Enzo Cerusico Enzo Cerusico - Commisario Giordani
Paola Tedesco Paola Tedesco - Giulia
Pierluigi Aprà Pierluigi Aprà - Roberto Magli, il fattorino
Gildo Di Marco Gildo Di Marco - Il fornaio
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy - Luigi Berti
Marcello Fusco Marcello Fusco
Luciana Lehar Luciana Lehar
Emilio Marchesini Emilio Marchesini - Marco Roviti
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi - Policeman
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi - Officer Morini
Salvatore Puntillo Salvatore Puntillo - Moustached Man
Maria Tedeschi Maria Tedeschi - Elderly Nurse
Pietro Zardini Pietro Zardini

The script is expanded from a sequence originally written as part of Dario Argento's first film, Uccello dalle piume di cristallo, L' (1969), but never filmed due to time constraints

This originally aired as the second episode of Italian director Dario Argento's failed television series "La porta sul buio" (English Translation: "Door into Darkness"). Other episodes in the series are Vicino di casa, Il (1973) (TV), Testimone oculare (1973) (TV), and Bambola, La (1973) (TV).

The original film elements to this (along with the other three episodes of the series) no longer exist according to the MYA Communications DVD release. Because of this they were forced to transfer from the original RAI TV video masters.



Reviews: [8]

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    Malalanim

    Il Tram/The Tram(1973) is a bloodless but well filmed episode of a TV show called Doors to Darkness. The cinematography is absolutely colorful and Argento uses different techniques in an artful way. This was based on a scene that was cut from the original script in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage(1969). The scene where all the suspects are put in the spot of the tram where they were located when a murder occurred as an reenactment is suspenseful. Dario Argento's next assignment as Film Director would be his first Great Masterpiece, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red(1975).
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    Punind

    Being the creative mind behind the "Door into Darkness" TV-movie series, us Italian cult horror fans once again have to be very grateful to master-director Dario Argento! These short movies are extremely suspenseful, stylishly filmed and ideally paced. Moreover, even though Argento made himself legendary with movies that almost exclusively rely on violence & gory set-pieces, he really proved with this TV-initiative that he's also a fantastic storyteller capable of giving his audiences insightful information regarding authentic murder investigations. When the body of a young woman is found during the cleaning of a tram-car, nobody understands how the killer managed to commit this vile crime without any of the other passengers noticing something. Police Inspector Giordani gathers all passengers and staff together for a detailed reconstruction that follows the tram's entire route from starting point to end destination. The investigation proves that only the conductor stayed on the tram long enough to kill the girl, but is he really the culprit? The storyline seems rather thin, but that doesn't stop Argento from making "The Tram" a truly compelling thriller, focusing on small but important elements of a murder investigation that the horror genre usually overlooks. The whole enactment of the public transport tract, with all the witnesses having to sit in their exact same seats again, is oddly fascinating to observe. Also, in barely one hour of playtime, Argento manages to supply his film with decent & plausible character drawings. The use of music as well as the cinematography are ordinary but nevertheless adequate. According to the trivia-section, the whole script is based on a sub plot for "The Bird With Crystal Plumage" that never got filmed due to time limitations. Thank God Argento never allows any good things to go to waste!
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    Phain

    Dario Argento's popularity was sealed in Italy when he was tapped to create a series for Italian television. The four episode series which mimicked "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" had Dario himself introduced each episode. The second episode "Il Tram" or "The Train" stars Enzo Cerusico (The Five Days of Milan) as a recently promoted detective on his first big murder case. When a 27-year-old woman is murdered on the tram and stuffed under a set as she returns from work in the dead of night. After recreating the incident using witnesses he believes he found his killer. Or had he?

    Dario Argento directs (taking over for his former assistant director, scheduled to direct} "The Tram". Since this is made for Italian TV there is none of his trademark gore or violence but that doesn't stop him from turning in an interesting murder-mystery. A lot of his trademark moves are on display here and he even managed to put together a solid stalking sequence toward the end. Cerusico does a nice job with making his character an interesting one. Little nuances like his devil-may-care attitude toward a nut claiming the murder for his own and the snapping of his fingers make for an interesting character. The re-staging scene was quite nicely put together and the whole piece had a kind of dark humor through it. I was however non-plussed by the music score. It did nothing for the atmosphere or the action on screen. "The Tram" is a pretty decent giallo.
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    Stoneshaper

    Door Into Darkness: The Tram (1973)

    ** 1/2 (out of 4)

    The second of four films in the Italian series "Door Into Darkness" has Dario Argento sitting in the director's chair. The film tells the story of a young woman who is mysteriously murdered on a tram and the detective (Enzo Cerusico) who tries to figure out the killer. The detective decides to bring everyone together who was on the tram in hopes that they can recreate the events and bring the killer out. This is a pretty good little giallo even though it doesn't look too much like an Argento movie. This was produced for TV so the director doesn't get to use his normal 2.35:1 ratio to really bring his style in so fans will want to keep that in mind. The entire visual flair is pretty tame here as is the violence but this isn't the type of giallo that needs gory violence. The story itself is a pretty good one, although I must admit that I figured out who the killer was early on. I enjoyed the fact that the screenplay offered up quite a bit of black humor with the best sequence in the film being the one where a man walks into the police station and confesses to the crime, although he can't get any of the facts correct. This scene plays out for quite a few laughs as does a couple other scenes where Cerusico begins to question everyone on the tram. Cerusico delivers a fine performance as he manages to bring both laughs and believability to the role. The one negative thing, outside the lack of any visual style, is the final ten minutes, which don't contain any suspense. This entire sequence also seems to drag on, which was a shame considering everything leading up to it was pretty good. If you've never seen a giallo then I wouldn't recommend you starting here but fans of Argento will certainly want to check this out.
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    Yalone

    Il Tram/The Tram is a wonderful mystery that begins with the discovery of a dead woman in a Tram. This was one of two episodes directed by Dario Argento for the television series Doors to Darkness. One of the film's best sequence is when the police re enact the events that lead to the woman's murder with the passengers in the same spot they were seated in. This episode is expanded from a sequence originally to be used in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage(1969). What little gore it has it makes up with great camera movement and loads of style. Il Tram would provide a great warm up for his next film, the brilliant Profondo Rosso(1975). The murder in the Tram seems to be the blueprint for the opening scene of Argento's newest film, No Ho Sonno/I Can't Sleep(2001)(takes place on a train) coming out next year.
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    Goltizuru

    The Tram is the second entry of Dario Argento's made for Italian television 'Door into Darkness' series, and the first entry to be directed by the man himself. The plot is typical Argento, and follows a murder. Unlike his Giallo films, however, there's just one murder here; and the way that Argento goes about it is a little different to what most of his fans are used to. We pick up the story after the murder has taken place, and the film features no actual bloodshed or gore. The fact that it's made for television accounts for this, but I'm pleased to say that the Italian Hitchcock has managed to make best of it regardless. The plot follows the investigation into the crime and we see how the police discover the murderer by way of re-enactment. It has to be said that the plot moves slowly, but Argento packs the film with intriguing scenes and some, such as the re-enactment itself, really get the imagination going. Typically for seventies Italian cinema, not everything here makes sense; and a lot of the plot is illogical. It's not a big problem, though, as everything in the short film is easy to buy into and I've got to say that if you like Argento; The Tram is bound to delight. Sure, it's not the best thing Argento ever made; but for a fifty minute, made for TV short film; you could do a lot worse than this.
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    Xlisiahal

    After my main DVD player failed to play the disc this stunning episode is featured on, (which led to me watching the second episode that Dario Argento "unofficially" directed :the very good,Girl Who Knew Too Much inspired episode Eyewitness)I dusted down my old DVD player,and I was thrilled to find that the machine could play the disc!.Whilst the episode has a shorter running time to his cinema work,writer/director Argento still creates a gripping,thrill-ride of a Giallo.

    The plot:

    Cleaning up the tram for a new working day,a janitor makes a horrifying discovery,when he finds the dead body of a woman hidden under one of the passenger seats.Arriving to the scene of the crime,Inspector Giordani first talks to the driver and tram conductor of the previous nights final Tram journey.

    Pressing them for information,Giordani is told that they remember her getting on the tram,but they don't remember anything after that.Thinking that they must be trying to hide something from him,Giordani gets hold of all the passengers who were on the last Tram journey.To his amazement,all of the passengers tell him the same thing!.They all say that they remember seeing the girl on the tram,and some of them also talking to her for a bit,but for some reason none of the passengers noticed that the girl had suddenly "disappeared",nor did they hear any screams when the woman was brutally stabbed.

    With his annoyance at the many dead ends that he has ran into increasing,Giordani organises a reconstruction of that faithful nights journey,whilst his girlfriend starts investigating the murdered woman's mail. Although the reconstruction does help to jog some of the passengers memories, about seeing an unknown passenger who wore a long black coat (even though the weather was boiling hot),Giordani's girlfriend makes the big break that he has desperately been needing for this case,when she finds a letter that the conductor sent the woman,where he tells her how hurt he feels,after she had turned down his advances several times.

    Feeling that he now has enough evidence for the conductor (who firmly denies any of the allegation's) to be charged for murder,Giordani takes the conductor to court,who is found guilty and given a life sentence.As the murderer is getting sentenced,Giordani suddenly remembers something very strange that happened during the reconstruction,which he had originally not paid any attention to.This causes Giordani to suspect that the real murderer is still out there...

    View on the episode:

    For his masterful directing of this gripping Giallo episode,Dario Argento continues some of the ideas that he started with Four Flies On Grey Velvet,with the first-person attacks by the killer being noticeably much smoother than the slightly awkward look that they had in Four Flies.

    Argento also makes the environment of the Tram look unexpectedly huge,which helps to make his clever,slight-of-hand twist ending really work.Having written the teleplay of the episode,Dario smartly builds up the evidence of the murder piece by piece,with the murder (and the reconstruction) at first looking like a case that is stuck at a dead end,due to it looking like the girl just "disappeared" into thin air,until her body was found under a seat.

    Argento also cleverly shows,something which seemed to be completely insignificant during the the night of the killing and the reconstruction,actually be the key to the whole case.

    Sadly, due to the shorter running time of the episode,compared to his stunning films Argento seems to struggle in creating much of a character for the murderer,with the answer to how the murder was done,being one that is just a little too far fetched,and the reasons for the person committing the murders being ones that suddenly appear at the end,which were not hinted at all during the rest of the episode,that make them feel the they are just being used to give this otherwise brilliant Giallo a far to quick wrap-up.

    Final view on the episode:

    A sadly over looked,gripping mystery Giallo from Dario Argento,which (almost) reaches the heights of his tremendous Giallo films.
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    Boyn

    A young woman gets murdered on a crowded tram without anyone noticing the crime. Shrewd and ambitious police Inspector Giordani (splendidly played with laid-back assurance by Enzo Cerusico) decides to reconstruct the incident in order to find out the killer's identity. Writer/director Dario Argento downplays his usual flashy visual style in order to place more emphasis on the clever and involving plot which unfolds in a very absorbing and straightforward manner; said story is extremely well written, with a colorful array of fun secondary characters and several nice moments of inspired dark humor (the definite comic highlight occurs with the casual interrogation of a scrawny attention-seeking crackpot who claims to be the killer, but can't get any of the facts pertaining to the case correct). Cerusico makes for a smart and engaging protagonist with a few cool quirks (I liked how he snaps his while figuring things out) and an appealingly easygoing attitude towards his job. The lovely Paola Tedesco likewise impresses as Giordani's gutsy girlfriend Giulia who helps out. Pierluigi Apra is also excellent as the antsy ticket collector who becomes the main suspect. Elio Polacchi's crisp cinematography offers a couple of graceful circular pans. Giorgio Gaslini's jaunty'n'jazzy score hits the right-on groovy spot. The tense and exciting climax with the killer closing in on Giordani and Giulia rates as a bang-up set piece. Recommended viewing for Argento fans.