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aka L’uomo senza memoria; Man Without a Memory

  • Year:1974
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
  • Director: Duccio Tessari
  • Length: 92 min
  • IMDb rating: Puzzle (1974) on IMDb
Poster of Puzzle

[Duccio] Tessari handles the material with his usual flair and authority. The story is an intriguing one and Tessari does not rely on a lot of flashy gimmicks in order to make it work. Instead, he allows the material to speak for itself, going in for a more baroque stylistic angle when the situation calls for it, but generally avoiding an excess of artifice. The cinematography by Giulio Albonico is slick and stylish, while Gianni Ferrio contributes another excellent soundtrack. The film is also very well paced and holds one’s attention until the very end.

Troy Howarth, So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, Volume 2, 1974-2013 (Midnight Marquee Press, 2015)

The initially languid pace, which allows for snippets of information about the male protagonist’s former life to be gradually revealed, might cause some to lose interest. But patience is rewarded by the gripping and bloody finale.

Adrian Luther-Smith, Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies (Stray Cat Publishing, 1999)

Selected disc options for Puzzle

VCI box art
Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger has extra
Stills Gallery - Giallo Posters (4:14) has extra


  • VCI’s Blu-ray includes a 6-page booklet with writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (“Friends, Lovers and Sneezing Villians: Betrayals and Alliances in Duccio Tessari’s ‘Puzzle’ (1974)”). Bonus trailers (in English and Italian) included: Blood and Black Lace (1964) and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970).

Ultimate Edition

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Presentation VCI BD 2021
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p23.976
      • Overall bit rate: 25.99 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 2.00:1
      • Length:1:31:43.498
      • File size: 17.09 GiB
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 320 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English SDH
Extras Audio Commentary by Kat Ellinger VCI BD
Stills Gallery - Giallo Posters (4:14, 1080p) VCI BD