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A Lizard in a Woman's Skin -- A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?
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Director:
Writers:
Lucio Fulci (screenplay)
Lucio Fulci (story)
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Release Date:
20 March 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Biting, Gnawing Terror Claws at Your Brain! See more »
Plot:
A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Florinda Bolkan ... Carol Hammond

Stanley Baker ... Inspector Corvin
Jean Sorel ... Frank Hammond
Silvia Monti ... Deborah
Alberto de Mendoza ... Sgt. Brandon
Penny Brown ... Jenny (hippie girl)
Mike Kennedy ... Hubert (hippie guy)
Ely Galleani ... Joan Hammond (as Edy Gall)
George Rigaud ... Dr. Kerr
Ezio Marano ... Lowell (scientific squad)
Franco Balducci ... McKenna
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Policeman
Erzsi Paál ... Mrs. Gordon (as Ersi Pond)
Gaetano Imbró ... Policeman

Leo Genn ... Edmond Brighton
Anita Strindberg ... Julia Durer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Adams ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jean Degrave ... St. Paul's Clinic Director (uncredited)
Basil Dignam ... The Commissioner (uncredited)
Ursel Eberz ... Policewoman Beth (uncredited)
Piero Nistri ... L'amante di mrs Gordon (uncredited)

Directed by
Lucio Fulci 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Roberto Gianviti  screenplay
Roberto Gianviti  story
Ottavio Jemma  uncredited
José Luis Martínez Mollá  screenplay
André Tranché  screenplay

Produced by
Edmondo Amati .... producer
Renato Jaboni .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
 
Film Editing by
Giorgio Serrallonga  (as Jorge Serralonga)
 
Art Direction by
Román Calatayud 
 
Set Decoration by
Roberto Granieri 
 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Chiari 
 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... head makeup artist
Gloria Fava .... assistant makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Luis Méndez .... production manager
Agostino Pane .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giorgio Gentili .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nedo Azzini .... set designer
Claudio De Santis .... assistant set designer
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound re-recording mixer
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-synchronization supervisor
Massimo Iabone .... sound (as Massimo Jaboni)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eugenio Ascani .... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... first assistant camera
Enrico Bellacci .... chief electrician
Giovanni Bonivento .... second assistant camera (as Gianni Bonivento)
Santiago Gómez .... third assistant camera
Spartaco Pizzi .... key grip
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giorgio Desideri .... assistant costume designer (as Giorgio Desidero)
 
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... assistant editor
Lea Piras .... assistant editor
Vincenzo Tomassi .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Enrique Bellot .... production secretary
Roberto Carpentieri .... production secretary
Roberto Giandalia .... script supervisor
Gianfranco Bellini .... voice dubbing: George Rigaud (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Jean Sorel (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Stanley Baker (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Florinda Bolkan (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Una lucertola con la pelle di donna" - Italy (original title)
"Lizard in a Woman's Skin" - UK (imdb display title), USA
"Schizoid" - Australia (reissue title), USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
France:101 min | Italy:98 min | Spain:89 min | USA:95 min | USA:103 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-18 | France:X (additional material) (extended version) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:16 | Spain:18 | UK:18 (2010) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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Trivia:
The scene in which Carol encounters the disemboweled dogs in the clinic became quite controversial because of the startlingly realistic (and graphic) appearance of the fake prop dogs. Director Lucio Fulci was nearly sent to prison because it was believed that the dogs were real and Fulci had allowed animal cruelty on the film. However crew members were able to testify in court that the "dogs" were indeed fake and no animals had ever been harmed. Special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi even presented the dog props in court to convince the jury. This was the first time that an effects artist had to testify in court that their work was fake.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When people are taking pictures of Julia Durer's body, her eyebrow moves.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Premium early 70's giallo, 15 December 2008
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Yet another early 70's giallo with one of those cryptic zoophilic titles. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin is a very fine example of this most Italian of exploitation sub-genres and is possibly the best film that Lucio Fulci ever made.

This is an atypical giallo in that it only has one on screen murder to speak of. However, this murder is, to say the least, a memorable affair. It takes place as part of a very trippy and psychedelic dream sequence that features a train populated entirely by naked people, a malevolent giant swan, and grotesque Francis Bacon style dead people in chairs with leaking guts. In the centre of the dream is a lesbian liaison between Florinda Bolkan and Anita Strindberg (who has never looked better than here). The lovers embrace on a king-size bed draped in sheets of a deep red colour. When suddenly Bolkan drives a knife into Strindberg's chest. Her death throws are caught in orgiastic operatic slow motion. This is all accompanied by a creepy Ennio Morricone soundtrack. To put it mildly, this is magnificent stuff. Aside from this opening murder there is a scene later in the film that is not recommended for dog lovers (although seeing that this is an Italian movie I feel I should point out that these aren't real dogs folks, thank God).

Lizard – along with Don't Torture a Duckling - proves that given the right resources, Fulci was more than capable of producing stylish, suspenseful and highly polished films. Like a considerable number of gialli from the early 70's, Lizard benefits from the great pool of talent that was evidently working in the Italian film industry at the time; there seems to have been an abundance of great cinematographers, composers, set designers and wardrobe people, alongside some great directors and appealing actors (not too sure about the writers though!). This film displays a great deal of the aforementioned positives. There is great camera-work, including nice use of split-screen. Excellent photography of the interior shots of Alexandra Palace, that only serves to heighten the suspense of this sequence. The scene where Florinda Bolkan is trapped in a room full of bats by the killer and attempts escape via high window is replicated a few years later in Suspiria – I suspect Dario Argento has seen this movie. We have a standout score from Ennio Morricone. The main theme is a beautiful piece of orchestral music with a laid-back groove featuring breathy vocal accompaniment by the incomparable Edda Del'Orso. If anything, this main theme is criminally underused in the movie, although the rest of the soundtrack is great too, featuring, as it does, some wild psychedelic work outs too – Mondo Morricone! The interior décor and fashions are suitably, and agreeably, examples of early 70's Italian style that we know and love. Acting-wise Florinda Bolkan turns in a great central performance and she is ably supported by an ensemble that is a whose-who of Italian genre cinema of the time.

This is essential stuff for giallo completists. This compares very favourably with the best the genre has to offer. Fulci is most commonly associated with his later zombie splatter flicks but this film alongside it's companion piece Don't Torture a Duckling prove that he was a master of the giallo.

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