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Writer:
Ugo Moretti (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 January 1985 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
An English soldier (Cliver) returns home from the Zulu war with the daughter of a tribal king (Gemser)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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DVD Release: Waves of Lust
 (From Disc Dish. 27 June 2012, 3:26 PM, PDT)

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A large dollop of D'amato sauce. See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lilli Carati ... Alessandra
Annie Belle ... Velma
Laura Gemser ... Zerbal
Al Cliver ... Elio
Roberto Caruso ... Furio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Luotto ... Furio (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... The Gardener (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Alexandra (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato 
 
Writing credits
Ugo Moretti (screenplay)

Original Music by
Manuel De Sica 
 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato (director of photography) (as Federico Slonisco)
 
Film Editing by
Franco Alessandri  (as Frank Martin)
Mariano Laurenti (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Ribovske 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Corbaz 
 
Makeup Department
Alex Hills .... makeup artist
Charles Ross .... hair stylist
Betty Russel .... hair stylist (as Betty Russell)
Pietro Tenoglio .... makeup artist (as Peter Trevor)
 
Production Management
Donatella Donati .... production supervisor (as Helen Handris)
Antonio Tacchia .... production supervisor (as Tony David)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Walsh .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert McCoy .... props
 
Sound Department
Frank Blake .... boom operator
Paul Parker .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Robert Gold .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Cohen .... assistant camera
Mike Conte .... assistant camera
Albert Hillman .... still photographer
Daniele Massaccesi .... camera operator (as Larry Hessel)
George O'Hara .... key grip
Richard Power .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Whiter .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
John Cain .... assistant editor
David Finch .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Telly Albert .... administrator
Margaret Berger .... continuity
Alex Muller .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Alcove" - , USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
Portugal:88 min | France:90 min | Italy:86 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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The credits claim the screenplay is based on a novel by a Judith Wexley. Several researchers have said they could find no trace of this novel, and it apparently does not exist.See more »
Quotes:
Zerbal:I'm not going to be in your filthy movies. You've already used me enough in real life... for your own pleasure. You are not going to use me... to make money.See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A large dollop of D'amato sauce., 11 September 2010
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Following a successful campaign in Africa, soldier Elio De Silveris (Al Cliver) returns home to his wife Alessandra (Lilli Carati) bearing all manner of exotic souvenirs, the most unusual being Zerbal (Laura Gemser), an Abyssinian princess presented to him as a slave in return for saving the king's life.

At first Allesandra is hostile to Zerbal, as is Elio's sexy secretary Wilma (Annie Bell), with whom Allesandra has been having a lesbian affair in her husband's absence; but when ownership of Zerbal is transferred to Allessandra (in a strange ritual that entails plenty of licking), the lusty wife's attitude does a 180 degree turn and she takes the dusky maiden for her lover, putting Wilma's nose severely out of joint. Soon, scheming Zerbal becomes the domineering force in the household.

This mid-career effort from prolific Italian sleaze merchant Joe D'amato sees the seasoned exploitation director tentatively entering Tinto Brass territory, delivering plenty of 1930s period charm, an atmosphere of constant sexual tension, loads of lush cinematography, and, of course, oodles of soft-focus, soft-core coupling with the emphasis on lesbianism. No stranger to capturing smut on camera, D'amato masterfully handles the steamy action, concentrating his attention on the sensuality of the lovemaking, although one can sense that the director is yearning to go further, his camera permanently on the prowl for even the slightest glimpse of snatch.

Eventually, Joe just can't help himself and sneaks in some genuine hardcore filth and old school exploitation during the film's final act: the graphic sex arrives in the form of a (genuine?) vintage stag flick screened by Elio, who intends to raise some much needed cash by making similar films, with his three women as his stars. Amazingly, the ladies agree to the project, but when the camera begins to roll, in true D'amato style, events turn decidedly nasty: Wilma is bound and abused by Allesandra and Zerbal, and raped by Elio's eager gardener Pepe (who has been planning to tend to her bush ever since spying it in the garden). After the ordeal is over, an understandably upset Wilma vows to make them pay for what they have done to her.

From an exploitation fan's point of view, this lurid rape/revenge scenario is a great way to end matters, and narrowly saves The Alcove from being just another vapid mid-eighties piece of Euro-erotica. Not essential D'amato, but not entirely worthless either, I rate The Alcove a reasonable 5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.

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