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Director:
Writers:
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
April 1973 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An insurance scam lands a man on death row for murdering his wife. What everyone doesn't know is she really isn't dead. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jean Sorel ... Dr. Geroge Dumurrier

Marisa Mell ... Susan Dumurrier / Monica Weston

Elsa Martinelli ... Jane
Alberto de Mendoza ... Henry Dumurrier

John Ireland ... Inspector Wald
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Benjamin Wormser
Bill Vanders ... Insurance Agent (as Bill Wanders)
Franco Balducci ... Officer Loveday
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Brent (as John Douglas)
Félix Dafauce ... Royal Insurance Official #1
Jesús Puente ... Sergeant Rodriguez
George Rigaud ... Arthur Mitchell
Jean Sobieski ... Larry

Faith Domergue ... Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Copleston ... District Attorney (uncredited)

Lucio Fulci ... Graphologist (uncredited)
Malisa Longo ... Elizabeth O'Neill (uncredited)
Raffaele Mottola ... Governor (uncredited)
Bobby Rhodes ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Roberto Gianviti  screenplay
Roberto Gianviti  story
José Luis Martínez Mollá  writer

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer
Maurizio Amati .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa 
 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli 
 
Production Design by
Nedo Azzini 
 
Set Decoration by
Pier Luigi Basile 
 
Costume Design by
Lucia Mirisola 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gray Frederickson .... unit manager: New York
Renato Jaboni .... general manager
Massimo Manasse .... production supervisor
Luis Méndez .... production manager
Francisco J. Tudela .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Massimo Castellani .... assistant director
Albino Cocco .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Román Calatayud .... set designer
Alessandro De Santis .... assistant production designer
Lucia Mirisola .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Mario Ligobbi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Benetti .... still photographer (as Tonino Benetti)
Giovanni Bergamini .... camera operator
Giovanni Bonivento .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Conchita Pacini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
 
Other crew
Paolo Vandini .... production secretary
Vittoria Vigorelli .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Una sull'altra" - Italy (original title)
"Perversion Story" - France, USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
97 min | 107 min (uncut version)
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Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At c. 92 minutes the doctor/medical employee does not hear a heartbeat. The soundtrack has completely the wrong rhythm.See more »
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Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007)See more »

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Elegant and Fascinating Early Fulci With the Magnificent Marisa Mell, 3 January 2011
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Lucio 'godfather of gore' Fulci may be best known for his ultra-gory Zombie films, but the majority of my fellow fans of Italian Genre-Cinema will probably agree that his Gialli from the early 70s, most notably his greatest masterpiece "Non Si Sevizia Un Paperino" aka. "Don't Torture A Duckling" (1972) are easily as noteworthy. The master's first Giallo, "Una Sull'Altra" aka. "Perversion Story"/"One on Top of the Other" pf 1969 is a very gore-less but utterly fascinating Thriller/Mystery which no Cult-fan should consider missing.

As some other early specimen for the genre, this isn't a typical example for the Italian Giallo, as it doesn't focus on a series of murders. The womanizing San Francisco Doctor George Dumurrier (Jean Sorel) is with his mistress, the erotic photographer Jane (Elsa Martinelli) when he hears that his wife, who suffered from grave asthma, has died. Soon thereafter, George makes the acquaintance of the sexy and mysterious stripper Monica Weston (Marisa Mell), who happens to be the spitting image of his wife. Shortly thereafter, it is revealed that his wife was poisoned...

I do not want to go into detail about the wonderfully convoluted storyline, but I can assure that "Una Sull'Altra" should satisfy any fan of suspenseful mysteries in general and Italian Cult cinema in particular. Italian cult-directors had a unique talent for combining sleaze and elegance; the late 60s in particular were a period when elegant films about sexual perversion (such as "Femina Ridens" or "La Malizie Di Venere") would lead from the restrictions of 60s cinema into the openly and explicitly sleazy 70s. "Una Sull'Altra" is from that period, and while the film is not yet quite as graphically explicit as many 70s Gialli, the focus on erotic elements is strong. Especially the gorgeous Austrian cult-beauty Marisa Mell ("Diabolik", "La Belva Col Mitra", "Milano Rovente"...) epitomizes eroticism as the femme-fatale stripper Monica. The film is full of tasteful female nudity, most notably by Mell. Elsa Matinelli makes another great, strong and sexy female as the sleaze-photographer Jane and Jean Sorel ("La Corta Notte Delle Bambole Di Vetro", "Una Lucertola Con La Pelle Di Donna", "Belle De Jour") makes a very good lead. The rest of the cast includes several other well-known cult-actors such as Alberto De Mendoza ("Lo Strano Vizio Della Signora Wardh", "La Coda Dello Scorpione"), John Ireland and Riccardo Cucciola, who is probably best known for his role in Mario Bava's 1974 masterpiece "Cani Arrabbiati".

As Fulci's later Gialli, "Una Sull'Altra" is elegantly shot. While the San Francisco setting differs from the typical Italian Giallo-Settings it has a great potential for atmospheric beauty which Fulci makes best use of. The psychedelic score by maestro Riz Ortolani is hypnotic and brilliant and one of the most mesmerizing atmospheric aspects of the film. While the film is almost completely gore-less, Fulci's talent for gore manifests in one sequence in a morgue. "Una Sull'Altra" is a suspenseful, atmospheric and highly interesting film that is worth watching for many reasons. The gorgeous Marisa Mell is only one of these many reasons, but she's undeniably the most obvious one. 8/10

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