Short Night of Glass Dolls

Short Night of Glass Dolls (Italian: La Corta notte delle bambole di vetro) is an 1971 Italian giallo film. It is the directorial debut of Aldo Lado and stars Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel and Barbara Bach.

Short Night of Glass Dolls
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Italian film poster
Directed byAldo Lado
Written by
Produced by
  • Enzo Doria
  • Dieter Geissler[1]
CinematographyGiuseppe Ruzzolini
Edited byMario Morra
Music byEnnio Morricone
  • Doria G. Film
  • Dunhill Cinematografica
  • Jadran Film
  • Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion
Distributed by
Release dates
  • October 28, 1971 (1971-10-28) (Italy)
  • May 30, 1972 (1972-05-30) (West Germany)
Running time
92 minutes
  • Italy
  • Yugoslavia
  • West Germany


The corpse of reporter Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) is found in a Prague plaza and brought to the local morgue. But Moore is actually alive, trapped inside his dead body and desperately recalling how the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful girlfriend (Barbara Bach) led to a terrifying conspiracy of depravity. He begins to walk in through his mind. How Mira's sudden disappearance made the police to suspect him instead. He delves more & more into the matter & discovers a mysterious Klub99 which exteriorly practices music but interiorly more occultly sinister. He ends up visiting the club discretely & searches or at least tries to search every corner of the club. But Moore ultimately fails to search the very room where his missing girlfriend Mira's dead naked body is lying covered with flowers with her sightless eyes staring at the ceiling. As Moore leaves, the janitor of the club checks on Mira's body & praises how lovely she is even after death. Ultimately, the entire fact bounces right back at Moore which takes him to even a more sinister and shocking end.



Alison Nastasi of Shock Till You Drop called it "nail-biting" and wrote, "Lado is at his best when Short Night of Glass Dolls confronts political and social unrest with nuanced symbolism."[4] Noel Murray of The A.V. Club wrote, "Short Night presages Eyes Wide Shut in its account of a man wandering through a shadow city while uncovering layers of sleaze, and the film's simple social metaphor, imaginative setpieces, and unsettling finale make it a prime example of diverting suspense."[5] Maitland McDonagh of TV Guide rated it 3/5 stars and called the ending "a genuine shocker".[6] AllMovie praised the film's use of tension as opposed to the gore and violence common to the subgenre.[7] Mike Long of DVD Talk called it "incredibly boring and poorly paced".[8]

DVD releasesEdit

The film was released on DVD by Blue Underground on February 26, 2008.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Malastrana". Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Malastrana". Filmdienst. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  3. ^ "La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)". Archivio del Cinema Italiano On-Line. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  4. ^ Nastasi, Alison (30 March 2015). "The Beyond: Aldo Lado's Short Night of Glass Dolls". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ Murray, Noel (19 August 2002). "The Giallo Collection: The Bloodstained Shadow, Short Night Of Glass Dolls, The Case Of The Bloody Iris & Who Saw Her Die?". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ McDonagh, Maitland. "Short Night Of Glass Dolls". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  7. ^ McClain, Buzz. "The Short Night of the Glass Dolls (1971)". AllMovie. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  8. ^ Long, Mike (25 June 2002). "The Giallo Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Blue Underground". Retrieved 1 September 2011.

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