A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) opens by looking up from within a grave, using the distorting wide-angle lens that will be featured throughout. Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi) wears her black veil, so the film opens by foreshadowing its end, as though the film in between is a flashback experienced by tearful Lisa. It’s not, because she’s not in most of it, even though the film’s truest subject is how fabulous Paluzzi looks in various get-ups. As for why the film begins with its ending, read on.
The first hour of the story plods through a dull police procedural in which Inspector Bulon (John Mills) tries to bust a German drug ring, which might have seemed a hot topic at the time. Some of its members are being executed by hitman Max (Robert Hoffmann) around the fringes of the plot, and the film will eventually treat these two men as doppelgangers for each other, with them on opposite sides of the law.