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

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  (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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Portugal:88 min | France:90 min | Italy:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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 »
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 4 people found the following review useful.
A Different Type of D'Amato, 24 March 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Alcove, The (1984)

** (out of 4)

Interesting tale from D'Amato about a Captain (Al Cliver) returning from a battle in Africa where he was given a slave, Zerbal (Laura Gemser) as a gift for saving a tribal leader. Back at home his wife (Lilli Carati) is having an affair with her secretary (Annie Belle) but soon Zerbal begins to come between them but it might be more than just your typical lesbian affair. I was really surprised with this film because it's actually very well-made and features a pretty good story. One is probably going to walk into this thing expecting nothing but a sex romp and while there is a lot of sex it really never takes center stage over the story being told. D'Amato made a very long career out of sex movies so this one here is certainly a lot different than many of the items he was releasing around this period. What really stands out is the actual production. The film takes place during the 1940s so we've got the older cars, costumes and set design, all of which is extremely good looking. Another plus is the cinematography from D'Amato, which to me is his greatest aspect (a lot better than his directing). All of this makes for a pretty interesting atmosphere and most of the sex scenes are quite erotic (though some enter a camp level). The film also benefits from an fun Euro-cult cast with Gemser leading the way as the obvious sex object to everyone. If you've seen any of her films with D'Amato then you should know what to expect. Belle really stands out and delivers a fine performance as does Carati. Cliver, God bless him, is his usual fun self. What keeps the movie from being even better is its rather slow pacing and it also goes on a tad bit too long at 93-minutes. I think a good ten minutes could have been cut out and we really wouldn't have lost anything story-wise. The film is pretty straight-forward and is well-made but at the end of the day this here is still going to be for D'Amato completest only.

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