Daniella by Night (1961) from Tuna

Daniella by Night (1962), aka Zarte Haut in schwarzer Seide,  stars Elke Sommer as a German fashion model who goes to Rome to replace a model who was murdered, and gets involved with her boss and a secret information smuggling caper. 
The film is B & W and in terrible shape, but does feature a nude Sommer on stage, when she is strip-searched, but the club makes it seem like part of the show. A group of strippers are also shown topless.


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DVD info from Amazon.

  • no widescreen, no color, poor transfer

  • minor extras: photo gallery and trailer

This is the last European appearance from Elke before she came to the US. 
  • the story is lame and dated
  • the DVD quality worse than most VHS tapes
  • the sub-titles can't be turned off, and are not very accurate. 

The Critics Vote

  • Apollo 53/100.

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 5.3 (too high!), Apollo users a more sensible 21/100.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D-, watchable only for the curiosity value of Sommer's last European film.

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