Tango au Clair de Lune (1973)

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Cult filmmaker Jesus Franco directed this remake of his own 1962 thriller La Muerte Silba un Blues under the pseudonym "Roland Marceignac." The film begins in 1973 Spain, where several drug smugglers are killed during a botched pickup. Two of the smugglers, Paul Fougere (Francisco Acosta) and Carlos Moroni (Olivier Mathot), wipe out the gang and kill their leader, Freddy Carter (Alberto Dalbes). Two years later, Paul -- now known as Radeck -- is a rich Don and Moroni owns a nightclub called the Flamingo. The playing of a blues song which Carter had composed for his girlfriend Linda (Marie-France Broquet) signals the start of a strange series of events leading the men to believe that Carter may still be alive and out for revenge. Lina Romay is noteworthy as the Flamingo's new stripper, whose exotic routines are only a front for a secret agenda. Paul Muller, Ricardo Vazquez, and Antonio Mayans co-star, while Franco appears as a knockabout disguised as a guru named Kookoo. Some gratuitous softcore sex scenes throw off this distinctly old-fashioned thriller, but it still manages to entertain. Some prints contain titles alluding to the Emmanuelle series, but there is nothing in the film to indicate a connection.

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drugs, drug-smuggler, gangster, girlfriend, murder, revenge, singer, smuggling, stripper