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Director:
Writers:
Ugo Moretti (story)
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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Joe D'Amato on top of his game! See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lilli Carati ... Alessandra
Annie Belle ... Wilma
Al Cliver ... Elio De Silveris
Roberto Caruso ... Furio
Laura Gemser ... Zerbal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Luotto ... Furio (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... The Gardener (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Alexandra (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joe D'Amato 
 
Writing credits
Ugo Moretti (story)

Ugo Moretti (screenplay)

Original Music by
Manuel De Sica 
 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato  (as Federico Slonisco)
 
Film Editing by
Franco Alessandri 
Mariano Laurenti 
 
Production Design 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 manager (as Helen Handris)
Antonio Tacchia .... production supervisor (as Tony David)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Walsh .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert McCoy .... property master
 
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 .... seamstress
 
Other crew
Telly Albert .... administrator
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Wilma:You hypocritical sow!
Alessandra:I love you too, Mata Hari.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Joe D'Amato on top of his game!, 27 July 2008
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Alcove pairs Joe D'Amato with Laura Gemser and sees both of these cult icons at their sordid and sleazy best! Joe D'Amato made a hell of a lot of sleaze films; and while I do consider myself a fan of his, it has to be said that a large proportion of his output is rather rubbish...but not so with this film. The Alcove is as good a porn flick as it is a character study, and that's what puts this film at the very top of the director's filmography - by not focusing on the sex, when we do get to see it - it means so much more. The plot line is actually really good, too. We focus on a country house where the house Mistress, Alessandra, is sharing a sordid affair with the secretary Wilma while her husband is away fighting Zulus. He returns from the war bearing gifts for the women; and he also brings home a slave girl named Zerbal, whom he was given for saving the life of her father. The slave soon starts to get used to life in the house and decides that she doesn't want to be the slave anymore. After noticing the two women having sex, Zerbal decides to worm her way into the Mistress' affections...

This film absolutely could not have been made today and the reason for that is the inherent racism running throughout it. Laura Gemser's character gets all manner of vicious insults thrown at her throughout; though it doesn't really make for uncomfortable viewing given Gemser's obvious beauty. Her role here is somewhat different from the strong Emanuelle character we're more used to seeing her as; although the role does become more like what we're used to as the film progresses. The film becomes an expose of sexual desires between five different people all pulling different ways and it makes for fascinating viewing; the fact that sixty percent of the main cast is made up of beautiful women doesn't do it any harm either! The jewel in the crown is Gemser, of course, but her co-stars Lilli Carati and Annie Belle are very easy on the eyes too! Being a D'Amato film you can expect plenty of sex and he doesn't disappoint. There's not quite as much quantity compared to some of his other opus', but this is more than made up for in quality as the sex scenes are very well filmed; particularly those between Lilli Carati and Laura Gemser. Overall, this really is an excellent film that I would class as a must see for anyone who enjoys sleazy Euro-porn. It's a rare one, but finding it is very much worth the effort!

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