1961-1970Alfred VohrerCrimeGermanyHorror

Alfred Vohrer – Der Gorilla von Soho AKA The Gorilla Gang (1968)

Scotland Yard goes after a gang that drowns its victims for their insurance money.

The bodies of drowned men, all elderly, wealthy foreigners with no relatives in the UK, keep being hauled out of the Thames. While the first seemed like an accident – the victim’s wallet still being full – the fourth in as many months offers a challenge to statistical probability and suggests that something more sinister may be afoot…

Vohrer’s direction is, in itself, nothing to be ashamed of. It’s brisk and efficient and contains enough self-conscious stylish moments and images without becoming self-indulgent. But there’s also little he hasn’t done before. Maybe it’s a case of seeking to demonstrate a consistency of authorial voice – the opening credits, after all, proclaim “an Alfred Vohrer film” before anything else – but if so, it’s also one without that vital element of development that Peter Wollen identified as the distinction between the John Ford and Howard Hawks.

Indeed, another element that emerges from the film is precisely that of the rapidly changing social and moral climate of the 1960s basically outstripping (at times literally) the ability of the filmmakers to adapt their material. Thus, for example, whereas 1964’s The Phantom of Soho had featured a brief blink-and-you’ll miss it flash of exposed breast from of its nightclub performers, here the nightclub is wall-to-wall breasts and buttocks; bush was still a no-no though the obscuring literal and metaphorical fig leafs here would soon come off for the later giallo-krimi crossovers, the St Pauli thrillers and the Schulmadchen report cycle alike

Der Gorilla von Soho.1968.576p.BDRip-AVC.ZONE.mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 34 min
Size: 	2.13 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	958x576 
Aspect ratio:  	5:3
Frame rate: 	24.000 fps
Bit rate: 	3 000 kb/s
BPP: 	0.227
#1:  	German 2.0ch AC-3 @ 224 kb/s


Subtitles:English, German

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