An outspoken Italian judge is 'buried alive' in Sicily and communist Prague has just been invaded by Soviet troops. Thus forms the inspiration for Aldo Lado's 1971 directorial debut, La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (Short Night of the Glass Dolls). With giallo at its peak in the 70's, directors felt comfortable taking more liberties with their subject matter and Lado certainly took advantage of this. Though it bears some of the familiar giallo markings, Lado's violence begets violence agenda is as poetic as it is political--transcending the expected with story driven thrills.
The film takes place in Communist era Prague where American journalist Gregory Moore (Jean Sorel) wakes, only to find himself in a catatonic state. He's unable to move or speak but starts to recall the bizarre occurrences which led to his current demise. Through these memories, we are introduced to his Czech girlfriend Mira Svoboda (Barbara Bach) who has disappeared after he tried to help her leave the country. Moore launches into an investigation that takes him to a private club (Klub 99), which appears to be a music club but is revealed to be a front for something unimaginable. Meanwhile, Moore's body shows no signs of rigor mortis but Doctors have presumed him dead and schedule him for an autopsy. Can he remember everything before it's too late?