After his sickly wife's sudden death of an asthma attack, an unscrupulous doctor discovers that she has a doppelgänger who is a burlesque dancer, not aware of the intricate scheme that's being weaved around him.
José, a young mechanic, arrives in Madrid to make it big. After being conned he loses his savings, and is taken in by Elisa, a photographer. She introduces him to Pablo and Laura. Laura ... See full summary »
Juan Luis Galiardo
The wife of a financially struggling businessman is blackmailed by a mysterious man into having a sadistic relationship with him, or he will release damning evidence which suggests that her husband is a murderer.
Pier Paolo Capponi,
The wife of a doctor (Jean Sorel) is murdered. He had a mistress a long ago, since his wife (Marisa Mell) always begged herself out of engagements because she is a asthmatic. On the other hand, she enjoyed a part time job as a stripper. Did the doctor kill her?Written by
Lukas Fichtinger <email@example.com>
Six degrees of "Diabolik": in 1965 British director Seth Holt set out to make a film out of the Italian comic strip "Diabolik", casting Jean Sorel and Elsa Martinelli, who play Dr. George Dumurrier and Jane as Diabolik and his lover Eva Kant. The film never got beyond the planning stage, although photographs of the duo in costume survive. When Mario Bava successfully brought "Diabolik" to the screen three years later--Danger: Diabolik (1968)--Marisa Mell, who plays Susan/Monica, starred as Eva Kant. See more »
At c. 92 minutes the doctor/medical employee does not hear a heartbeat. The soundtrack has completely the wrong rhythm. See more »
[to George after having sex]
You're quite, lover. You don't even say a word... well, I suppose it's better than the ones who talk all the time.
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Pretty decent stab at an erotic thriller from the Goremeister General. It's all the things you would want: stylish, sexy, and gripping. It's also crisply shot and has an excellent Riz Ortolani score. Again, the dubbing is pretty ropey but if, by this point, you're seeking out some of Fulci's lesser-known works then it's safe to assume you've made your peace with this constant problem.
Marissa Mell is great as the femme fatale and Elsa Martinelli is cool and chic as the devoted mistress who, despite herself, can't stop believing in her man. In fact, the female performances are much stronger than the men, probably because Jean Sorel doesn't have much to do except wander around with his shirt off, looking bewildered.
Great photography of San Francisco, looking as good - if not better - than in BULLITT. There's also a fine cameo from Jean Sobieski, for connoisseurs of louche photographers in movies.
The only real problem is that the film isn't quite gripping enough. The premise is set up well in the first half hour or so, and the suspense and mystery sustained during the kinky interludes in the middle, but all is revealed through a clumsy expository scene with about 20 minutes remaining and after that it runs out of steam.
Well worth a look though.
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