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16 June 1972 (Italy) See more »
A prostitute in a french brothel is assassinated, the prime suspect is one of her regular clients, soon afterwards the witnesses that testified against the suspect are killed by an strange individual. | Add synopsis »
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Anita Ekberg ... Madame Colette
Rosalba Neri ... Marianne
Evelyne Kraft ... Eleonora (as Evelyn Kraft)
Howard Vernon ... Professor Waldemar
Pietro Martellanza ... Antoine Gottvalles (as Peter Martell)

Barbara Bouchet ... Francine
Robert Sacchi ... Inspector Fontaine
Eva Astor ... Florence

Renato Romano ... Mr. Randall
Rolf Eden ... Pepi
Piera Viotti ... Tina
William Alexander ... George
Ada Pometti ... Doris the Maid
Alessandro Perrella ... Doris' Lover
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flavia Keyt ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Mike Monty ... Detective (uncredited)
Xiro Papas ... Thug in Bar (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Other Man Repairung a Van (uncredited)
Dick Randall ... Mr. Hassan (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Man Repairing a Van (uncredited)

Directed by
Ferdinando Merighi  (as F.L. Morris)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Daniele  story
Marius Mattei 
Ferdinando Merighi 
Dick Randall  (as Robert Oliver)

Produced by
Marius Mattei .... producer
Dick Randall .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Cinematography by
Mario Mancini 
Gunter Otto 
Film Editing by
Bruno Mattei 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Paolo D'Ottavi .... assistant camera
Antonio Serafini .... still photographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Casa d'appuntamento" - Italy (original title)
"French Sex Murders" - USA (DVD title)
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West Germany:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:-16 | Germany:18 | Norway:(Banned) (video version) (1986) | UK:18 | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Film debut of Evelyne Kraft.See more »


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entertaining giallo, but what's with the death scenes being tinted and repeated?, 15 August 2005
Author: FieCrier from Upstate New York

The first frames of the movie are of someone falling from the Eiffel Tower. Police arrive at the Eiffel Tower and chase someone up it, who then falls from the Eiffel Tower. At first, I wondered if this was a copycat, or a jumper who failed to kill himself the first time, ala The Tenant. No, it's the same guy and we're just seeing the same thing twice. And in fact, towards the end of the movie, it's seen again, since the movie jumps back further in time for the bulk of the story.

There's repetition in the movie with most of the kills, too. We'll see it once, then the footage is repeated with the screen tinted red, then again tinted blue, green, purple.... Odd choice.

So, after we see the figure fall from the Eiffel Tower for the second time, a Bogart-looking police inspector tells us "it all began the last day of Carnival." A thief steals some jewels, then sneaks his way into a brothel, where he is known and not very welcome. He meets up with his girlfriend, leaves, and it's discovered that one of the women has been killed. The emotionally disturbed thief is a pretty good suspect, and he's caught, tried and convicted pretty quickly. But did they get the right person or not?

For a movie set around a brothel, there's relatively little nudity, I thought. The women don't wear even very revealing outfits, though the ones they do wear are unusually fetching.

It's a pretty good movie. It's certainly helped by the good picture and sound quality on the DVD by Mondo Macabro, and by a good collection of extras. It's interesting how a movie can wind up with different scenes in different markets - they compiled the longest version they could, which evidently had never existed in that form anywhere. There are also two cut scenes, one with alternate dialog for the French version, and the other featuring a cut scene that was in pretty rough shape.

The whole movie, except for a few foreign-language scenes subtitled in English, has all English dialog. It's too bad they didn't add English subtitles or closed captions for the hearing impaired, which can be useful even for people who aren't. It might have been nice to have a full length-foreign language track, but this is nitpicking.

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