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So Sweet... So Perverse (1969)
"Così dolce... così perversa" (original title)

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Jean, a french businessman's life is forever changed when he overhears a brutal attack. Upon further investigation, he is introduced to the beautiful Nicole, a naive woman at the mercy of ... See full summary »

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Nicole Perrier
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Jean Reynaud
Erika Blanc ...
Danielle Reynaud
Horst Frank ...
Klaus
Helga Liné ...
Helene Valmont
Ermelinda De Felice ...
Hotel proprietor
Giovanni Di Benedetto ...
Monsieur Valmont (as Gianni De Benedetto)
Irio Fantini ...
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Dario Michaelis ...
Police commissioner
Renato Pinciroli ...
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Gianni Pulone ...
Press photographer
Lucio Rama ...
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Paola Scalzi ...
Helene's friend
Luigi Sportelli ...
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Beryl Cunningham ...
Black stripper
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Jean, a french businessman's life is forever changed when he overhears a brutal attack. Upon further investigation, he is introduced to the beautiful Nicole, a naive woman at the mercy of her viscous husband. With nothing to loose, Jean takes her away, and love blooms immediately. However, he may have gotten himself involved in more than he bargained for. The supposed loving affair leads Jean down a dark road of grief, greed and murder. Written by Spyfighter5000

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Así de dulce, así de maravillosa  »

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Second part of a trilogy also including Paranoia (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970). See more »

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Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Norman Newell
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Great Giallo! (I think)
25 September 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This movie (not to be confused with another Carroll Baker vehicle "Kiss Me, Kill Me" aka "Baba Yagi--the Witch")is Umberto Lenzi's follow-up to his groundbreaking classic "Paranoia". It came out the same year as Dario Argento's "The Bird with Crystal Plumage" (the film which started the deluge of Italian gialli) and was produced by the Martino brothers, who later made a number of interesting giallo films (usually featuring Eugenio Martino's alluring mistress, Edwige Fenech). It stars Carroll Baker, demonstrating her acting chops here by playing a character that is the exact opposite of the naive victim she played in "Paranoia", and it also features two excellent, native European actors--Jean Loius Trintignant and the gorgeous Erica Blanc. The script is surprisingly well-written and full of suspense and genuine surprises. It is a clever variation on the classic French film "Diabolique" with a decadent, high-society husband (Tritignant), wife (Blanc), and mistress (Baker) all crossing and double-crossing each other. It cleverly plays with the viewers awareness of the earlier film before throwing in an unexpected curve.

It also seems to be very well filmed. (It's hard to believe that years later Lenzi would be making nauseating and inept cannibal films like "Cannibal Ferox" or just plain inept American slasher movies like "Hitcher in the Dark"). I say seems, however, because this film is only available on second or third generation copies of Greek videotapes that are not only panned-and-scanned, but are very badly panned-and-scanned so that the characters are often halfway off the screen. Trying to appreciate this movie is like trying to appreciate a beautiful painting that has both sides cropped off and is covered with really murky cellophane (and burnt-in Greek subtitles). If Lenzi's crap movies like "Ferox", "Hitcher", and even, god help us all,"Eaten Alive", can get the star DVD treatment, why can't "Paranoia" or this little gem?

Oh, but I almost forgot--despite the title there isn't too much perversity here. Baker has a lot more nude scenes in "Paranoia". There is some Blanc-related nudity (although, in my opinion, you can never have enough of that), but the lesbian relationship between the two of them is unfortunately only hinted at. Of course, it may just have been cropped out. . .


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