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The Possessed (1965)

La donna del lago (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 14 August 1965 (Italy)
A popular writer visits his favorite holiday destination during the off season looking for the woman he is secretly infatuated with, only to find out that she has committed suicide, but did she really?


Giovanni Comisso (novel), Giulio Questi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Peter Baldwin ... Bernard, the writer
Salvo Randone ... Enrico
Valentina Cortese ... Irma
Pia Lindström ... Adriana (as Pia Lindstrom)
Pier Giovanni Anchisi Pier Giovanni Anchisi ... Photographer (as Piero Anchisi)
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Coroner
Anna Maria Gherardi Anna Maria Gherardi ... Servant girl (as Anna Gherardi)
Bruno Scipioni Bruno Scipioni ... (credit only)
Mario Laurentino Mario Laurentino ... Doctor
Vittorio Duse ... The Police Officer
Philippe Leroy ... Mario
Virna Lisi ... Tilde


The famous writer Bernard travels to a small town nearby a lake to spend vacation out of season in the winter. He check in an old hotel owned by Enrico and his daughter Irma expecting to meet the maid Tilde, from whom he had a crush last time he visited the town. However, he discovers that Tilde has committed suicide and when he meets the local photographer, Bernard learns that she was pregnant. He becomes obsessed to find whether she really committed suicide and to guess what really happened. When Enrico's son Mario and his wife Adriana arrive at the hotel, Bernard has daydreams about the fate of Tilde. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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an enigmatic, almost impenetrable quasi-giallo
23 January 2014 | by Darkling_ZeistSee all my reviews

'Lady of The Lake' (aka) 'The Possessed is an enigmatic, almost impenetrable quasi-giallo by the excellent, Luigi Bazzoni, the talented, intellectual auteur behind the equally idiosyncratic, almost anti-gialli 'Footsteps On The Moon'(1975). Since ''La Donna Del Lago' was also written by fellow iconoclast, Gulio 'Death Laid an Egg' Questi, one might expect a similarly oblique tone, and in terms of confounding genre conventions, he doesn't disappoint. While some might consider 'Lady of The Lake' to be just another example of overwrought nouvelle vague-esque cinematic doodling; but to dismiss this elegiac work as mere self- indulgence is to miss out of one of Italy's most singular and glacial thrillers.

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