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The House of the Yellow Carpet (1983)
"La casa del tappeto giallo" (original title)

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Franca and her husband Antonio decide to sell a yellow rug which was a gift of Franca's stepfather. One day, while Antonio is out, a strange man rings saying he wishes to buy the rug. But ... See full summary »

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Franca and her husband Antonio decide to sell a yellow rug which was a gift of Franca's stepfather. One day, while Antonio is out, a strange man rings saying he wishes to buy the rug. But the man's visit becames a nightmare. He kidnaps Franca and says he killed his wife on that same yellow rug. Then Franca kills the man. But is that really all that has happened? And who was that strange man? Written by <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Takes you on a magic "giallo" carpet flight.
11 October 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

What we have here is another sublime yet criminally neglected giallo-highlight that urgently deserves to be out there on DVD along with the big boys! Once you witness how amazingly compelling and suspenseful this film is, you too will probably wonder why the hell it is still so unknown and incredibly difficult to purchase. "House of the Yellow Carpet" implements a unique and highly creative structure, the convoluted plot-twists are actually plausible for a change and – most of all – director Carlo Lizzani upholds a genuinely unsettling atmosphere throughout the entire film. The script is adapted from a stage play and this really shows, as there's just one main setting and only four characters that gather there. Exactly like in the terrific Audrey Hepburn thriller "Wait Until Dark" (also based on a play), the lack of filming locations increases the tension and, moreover, provides the film with an awkward feel of claustrophobia. Also, the titular yellow carpet might be a hideous piece of interior decoration, but it's definitely a cool gimmick for a movie that falls into the category of "gialli"! The opening sequence immediately sets a sober tone, as a husband overhears his wife talking in her sleep about sex with another man. The next morning, we learn that the couple placed an ad to sell an old inherited yellow carpet that hardly fits in their apartment. When she's alone later that morning, the woman receives a visitor who pretends to be interested in the carpet but the strange & uncanny man promptly ensues to psychologically terrorize Franca about her deepest desires and hidden childhood secrets. I know it's not much of a summary, but it's really all that I can tell about the story without revealing essential elements. And, trust me, this is the type of film for which you don't want to know already how it ends. "House of the Yellow Carpet" is not as violent or sick-spirited as most contemporary giallo-efforts (partly due to the budget?), but the lack of gore is widely compensated by a stylish photography and great dialogues. The acting performances are highly satisfying too, with a splendid role for the Swedish veteran actor Erland Josephson ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being"). Excellent film, truly recommended.


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