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Nicolò Rienzi (written by) &
Maria Teresa Rienzi (written by)
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12 August 1976 (Italy) See more »
Martino is a young child who claims to have an invisible friend called Luca. His parents assume it is just a game, but strange things start to happen... | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Phillip Law ... Alex
Nathalie Delon ... Camilla
Olga Bisera ... Françoise
Alessandro Poggi ... Martino

Joseph Cotten ... The Professor
Lucretia Love ... Susan
Zora Velcova ... Camilla's Mother (as Zora Welcova)
Susanna Melandri
Simona Patitucci
Adriana Russo ... Clara
Margherita Sala
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudio Cirillo ... Detective
Pino Donaggio ... Himself - Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcello Aliprandi 
Writing credits
Nicolò Rienzi (written by) &
Maria Teresa Rienzi (written by)

Produced by
Enzo Gallo .... producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Claudio Cirillo 
Film Editing by
Gianmaria Messeri 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carlo Montanaro .... assistant director
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor

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100 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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A subtle ghost story for the patient viewer, 14 September 2011
Author: venusboys3 from United States

I just got done watching this and was impressed how it stuck to its guns on being consistently subtle and ambiguous... leaving much of the interpretation up to the audience. A rich family with servants entertains their son's love for his imaginary friend... who might not be entirely imaginary. Each member of the household having their own peculiar outlook on the situation and motivations for putting up with it and sticking around... or not. There are odd corners to some of the characters... questionable motivations and identities... that don't seem to bear on the main plot but somehow add to the general atmosphere of things not being as they appear. Who is Joseph Cotten's character? What does he want with Martino? What is up with the nanny's coat fetish?

It's certainly NOT for the hyperactive crowd who scream 'BORING!' at anything lacking explosions, violence or sex ever few minutes... but for the rest of us it's a nice slow development of a creepy atmosphere surrounding what may or may not be a haunted house. Despite being Italian and a horror movie it's very mild on the sex and has no gore at all. Other comments I've read draw parallels with The Turn Of The Screw but except for the subtle/suggestive nature of the haunting I'd say it has more in common with The Other... though it's not as overt and lacks that film's body count. It's a well done ghost story with plenty of atmosphere and subtle themes that stick in the mind of those patient enough to follow it through.

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